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MrMoco is no stranger to Hollywood productions; with countless credits in many of the top blockbuster movies, including Avengers: Age of Ultron; Jupiter Ascending; Skyfall and Maleficent to name just a few. Now MrMoco’s ever popular Bolt High Speed CineBot finds itself involved in Marvel’s latest production: Antman!
High speed motion control photography was needed to shoot some exciting explosions and fires at high speed but down at the scale of an Ant! Using small lenses to get the camera close to the model sets, the Bolt High Speed CineBot was the ideal tool for these shots – combining its high speed with accuracy, precision and synchronized triggers for firing miniature explosions and fires.
These actions are all tied together through MRMC’s Flair software, which can be used to control the entire move and programmed to fire the triggers at precise points, ensuring reliable, accurate and repeatable movement.
The Bolt worked on several scenes near the climax of the movie, including one clip inside a full size helicopter with the Bolt reaching in through the side and executing the exact move required at high speed with only millimetres to spare!
Another shot involved tracking alongside an architectural model where a CG Antman would be running while triggering numerous explosions to simulate bullets being fired at Antman. Multiple passes of the same move were done to maximise the number of explosions and craters created for Antman to dodge, and to pepper the buildings with pockmarks and fire. Multiple passes with different focuses on some of the sets also allowed CG artists to build up an infinite depth of field to blend in with the explosion passes.
A new course created by the guys at fxphd covers Motion Control, Nuke & Deep Compositing. A free video preview of the first class reveals some great behind the scenes footage as well as explaining some methods and techniques used to make the slow motion video.
Both the Bolt and the Cyclops were used for the shoot and watching the preview you can see how they tackled it, as well as how motion control with the Bolt and Cyclops were instrumental in creating the final look of the video. Definitely worth a watch!
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Freestyle Games has created the latest instalment of the music video game, Guitar Hero. The upcoming game dubbed Guitar Hero Live reboots the franchise since its first inception back in 2010. The game simulates a real-world concert setting from the perspective of the guitarist. Its soundtrack spans across a diverse range, and includes music from The Black Keys, Blitz Kids, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Green Day and many more.
Member of the Band – Bolt on Track
Using live action video from real rock band performers in front of live crowds proved a challenging task, and in this style was something that had never been done before. Using the Bolt to capture live footage, our high-speed CineBot weaved its way around the stage as the bands performed and caught all the necessary actions of the performance. As one performer comments, ‘you just have to act as if its your band member!’.
Due to obvious logistical reasons, it was impossible to replicate a 100,000 strong crowd, so the Oscar-winning VFX house Framestore who'd previously done work on Gravity, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Edge of Tomorrow were brought in to help create the full festival effect.
Check out pictures and a behind the scenes video below.
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Our latest behind the scenes video is an urban sports video short, showcasing the Bolt on track. Shooting both street basketball & football using Love High Speed's Phantom 4K Flex, the film directed by Nick Sawyer demonstrates the versatility and creative potential of the Bolt on Track.
There were two shoots, one for Basketball and one for Football. Nick Sawyer, a seasoned director, wanted to challenge the Bolt on Track. Each shoot was designed to provide a unique challenge and test the Bolt's capabilities for speed, movement and to precisely catch specific moments. The Bolt running on track aced these challenges, and you can see some of the behind the scenes photos below, along with the full behind the scenes video.
Stills from the Basketball
Stills from the Football
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The MrMoco team took the Bolt rig to Madrid earlier in the year for Honda's latest Civic Commercial. Produced by RSA films and directed by Johnny Hardstaff the commercial showed Honda’s attention to detail to create that perfect feeling when driving. Shooting a mixture of frame rates on a Phantom flex it appears as though the car is suspended in its surroundings allowing Honda's engineers to manipulate the environment to create the maximum feeling of joy.
The commercial was shot over various locations around Madrid – including a 15ft high platform in a forest and also on a motorway flyover. The MrMoco team often film in sunny Spain – at the beginning of June the crew travelled to Barcelona with a Milo to shoot in Espanyol's Stadium, and only a few weeks back, were shooting again in Barcelona with the Bolt running on 30 metres of track laid in a field! More on that shoot coming soon.
Another dimension of movement for the already highly versatile Bolt, you can now run the Cinebot on a track. The operator has the ability to run the Bolt along a track and follow any object, person or landscape, giving much more flexibility in terms of visual creativity. With rapid acceleration, the Bolt on Track can reach its top speed of over 4 metres per second in… one second! Additionally, through MRMCs Flair software, you have programmable acceleration profiles so you can repeatably reach or maintain the desired speeds with pinpoint accuracy. For more information download the spec. sheet here: Bolt on Track Spec Sheet
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We wanted to let you know we will be exhibiting at Cinegear in LA next month. This will be the first show we've ever demonstrated Bolt on track! With speeds of up to 6 metres per second at the camera, it is the only technology of its kind — so you won’t want to miss it!
At MRMC we are proud of our major new product releases and concentrate so hard on them we often forget the significance of our many incremental feature additions and product upgrades that occur on a daily basis but may not be headline news or create a flurry of press releases. Recently we’ve been looking through our work over the past months and realised those small changes amounted to a lot, so we thought we’d list some. If you want more info on any of them just let us know:
- Developments and tests to make the Bolt High Speed rig 20% faster than before.
- Developing and Testing the new Version 6.0 of our Academy award winning motion control software.
- Turntable range increased from small to large, and most with speeds in excess of 100 degrees per second.
- Flair multi-controller created, allowing multiple motion control rigs to be controlled from a central source.
- Orbital XL rig created for super-sized e-commerce photography.
- Head and Flair Ethernet API created allowing any of our products to be controlled directly from 3rd party software.
- Improved or implemented interfacing to a number of 3rd party products, including DMX lighting controls, Dragonframe, 6-degrees-of-freedom joysticks, and various 3D tracking systems.
- Interfacing to Oculus Rift.
- Broadcast vertical columns for on-air moves.
- Etc. etc.
The list is long and lengthy, this is just a snapshot. With 6 full-time developers and several support engineers and freelancers, the development is rapid and ever-changing – so if you don’t immediately see what you need just ask.
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On the 20th of June Mr Moco Rentals in collaboration with Love High Speed and Park Royal studios released the Bolt high speed cinebot in the UK. For those of you who couldn’t make it here is a taste of what you missed.
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Mark Roberts Motion Control, world leaders in customized motion control and robotic automation for the film and television industries, present the Bolt rig, for high-speed, shoot-friendly and broadcast applications.
Compatible with almost any high-speed camera, Bolt is a new MRMC innovation in High Speed Motion Control, and is fully controllable using FLAIR Motion Control software.
For more information, please contact Mark Roberts Motion Control.
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