MRMC Newsletter

3 February 2009

This Update:
SFH-30, from stop motion animation to live action sports 
Talos - One year on
BSC Show, March 2009


SFH-30, from stop motion animation to live action sports

The SFH-30 pan tilt head is getting around. This past month we received photos from customers who are now using the head:

 In Slovenia, AAtlanta, who just acquired the SFH-30 in December have put it to use on the set of "The Kiddo - Slingshot", a stop frame animation film for family audiences.

Milos Srdic, DOP on The Kiddo said the following: "I’m shooting with the Nikon D 700 - DSLR Digital stills camera full frame and I’m very proud to have been able to use the amazing pan tilt Mark Roberts Motion Control SFH–30 head. The technique we use is mainly a combination of stop-motion animation and computer generated images. I have shot several animation films in my career, and this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to work with the SFH–30. I’m truly fascinated by its precision of movement as well as its lightness and stability. It is very accessible and user-friendly!" For more information on The Kiddo click here.

 In Spain, Logo 2 Productions mounted there SFH-30 20 metres above the Fernando Buesa Arena basketball court in Vitoria to broadcast Tau Ceramica Vs. Asseco Prokom in the Euro League Basketball Top 16.

 The SFH-30 is also scoring well at Real Madrid's home ground, Santiago Bernabeu, where Logo 2 Productions used the SFH-30 to broadcast a Spanish League Football clash between Real Madrid and Valencia. MRMC provided Logo 2 Productions with a pan bar system that connects to a monitor and 150 metre cables running to the head so they can place the it anywhere in the stadium to capture the action.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION on the SFH-30 click here  for RENTAL or SALES contact: or 44 1342 334700.   


 SFH-30 on the set of "The Kiddo - Slingshot", Slovenia

SFH-30 on the set of "The Kiddo - Slingshot", Slovenia

SFH-30 above the Fernando Buesa Arena, Spain

SFH-30 above the Fernando Buesa Arena, Spain

SFH-30 behind the goals at Real Madrid's home ground, Santiago Bernabeu,

SFH-30 pan bar system for live action remote head shooting and motion control repeatability

SFH-30 behind the goals at Real Madrid's home ground, Santiago Bernabeu,


The Talos - one year on 


The Talos has been doing a lot of travelling in the last year, with 2008 marking its first year in full service.

 The start was in Italy on the new action feature film of Tom Tykwer “The International”, to be released this year, but since then it showed up in numerous locations including the south of France, in Spain, in Belgium, more times in France, in England, it flew twice to Egypt for different commercial shoots. It was also used on a new French feature “Cineman” shot on location in Belgium and it flew to Greece for a commercial shoot. 

 The Talos proves to be an excellent tool in modern film making. It goes places where traditionally a Milo would have gone but being half the weight and size of the Milo, the Talos is much easier and less costly to transport allowing the Talos to be used more easily and frequently. It is also incredibly quick to set up and fits through standard doorways. 

 Alex de Heus, from Motion Control Europe had this to say: “We used it for both, real live action shooting and stop motion shooting. In a commercial for ING Banks we used the Talos to shoot at different speeds, the main talent Alonso (Formula One Driver) was shot at 25 FPS and the people around him had to be moving in slow-motion so they were shot at 125 FPS with the rig moving 5 times faster and matching perfectly. In Cineman we used the Talos to create weird effects like a person walking backwards in time.

 Another commercial was about a singer that was walking in a set with the camera following, the whole movement of the head was done in mimic, to compensate for the irregularities of the singer. Since the singer and the extras couldn't be shot at the same time, the following day all the extras were shot with the original move and interacting with the singer that was no longer there.

 One commercial was about creating a sort of “one shot” however shot at different locations and partly in studio. By using the Talos we could control the different moves and speeds to make it look like one continuous movement. Recently we used the Talos on the 4th floor of a building with limited access, we filmed shots done as a stop motion shoot of 35000 candles that formed the lights of a city by night. The Talos was also used to do food & table top shots.”

 For more information on the Talos click here or contact us


 The BSC Show, 13th and 14th of March 


MRMC will be exhibiting at the British Society of Cinematographers in March at Elstree Film & TV Studios in London. Everyone is welcome to visit.




The Talos Motion Control Rig, Modula Rig system and the SFH-30 pan tilt head will be on show and available for demo.


Follow the link below to register for your free tickets and we look forward to seeing you there!


BSC Show FREE registration, click here.


Motion Control Tutorial on You Tube

One of the most popular items on our showreel DVD has always been the Motion Control Tutorial. Click on the below links to watch our four part Tutorial on youtube. This tutorial is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about motion control techniques. 

Part I

Part II

Part III

       Part IV


Have you done something cool with motion control? Let us know.

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Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd.
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