John Redfern of Redfern Animation specialises in a unique combination of antique timepieces and film-making, to produce some of the most mesmerizing and beautiful footage of watches and clocks you have ever seen. With a client base ranging from museums to collectors and watch manufacturers, John has honed his skills for over 40 years to work with some of the finest and most interesting clocks in the world.
Several years ago John came to MRMC so that they could supply him with the tools needed to take his macro film-making to the next level. As John says:
“Using RED cameras and a 9-axis motion control system built using the technology and components from two of the cinema industry leaders: Ronford Baker Ltd for the slides and Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd for the rotation and overall control system (An SFH-30 was used as a model mover, along with some MRMC lens motors).
We can track in, pan and rotate to fill a cinema screen with an area of less than 10mm wide. All repeatable for multiple overlay takes.”
This allows him to create shots where the viewer can really see the action inside a watch, while marvelling at the incredible attention to detail and engineering on a miniature scale.
SFH-30: THE CREATIVE'S MINI HEAD
The SFH-30 is precise enough to be completely pixel accurate with HD cameras yet compact and lightweight for ease of use and transportation to any location. It is a fast-moving head but also easily capable of macro filming. Its robust design accommodates a wide range of cameras and lenses with a maximum payload of over 13kg