MRMC Newsletter

5 December 2008

This Update:
Losito Int'l Films welcome the arrival of their Milo
The extremely versatile SFH-30
Milo on the set of Max Payne

Losito International Films welcome the arrival of their Milo

Based in Italy, Losito International Films, one of the leaders in the film and TV industry High speed and Table-top/special effects are now the proud owners of their very own Milo Motion Control Rig. Now combining Motion Control with High speed special effects, the Losito crew are able to produce spectacular footage for their clients.


Mr. Max Losito & Giuseppe Losito, Directors at Losito International Films had the following to say:


“We are happy and proud to announce the arrival of the Milo Motion Control in our studio. We will use this special Milo Motion Control Rig to renew the idea of Table-top shooting, creating amazing shots for every kind of product and client. With this new Milo Motion Control Rig we will bring our special effects to a new level, increasing dynamism and camera travels with movements before not possible."


For more information click here to visit Losito International Films.


The extremely versatile SFH-30 

From basketball and football broadcast events, stop frame animation, remote head camera work for commercials to crowd timelapse photography, the SFH-30 seems to be everywhere making that perfect shot attainable. Due to its small light-weight build, low cost, high precision and its ability to handle the RED and other small HD cameras, the SFH-30 is rapidly becoming the remote and motion control head of choice for DSLR and small HD cameras. 

For more information on the SFH-30 click here or if you are looking to pencil in a rental of the SFH-30 email or call +44 (0) 1342 334 700.  

This past month the SFH-30 was used with a RED camera in Japan.  The head was being used as a remote head to get in and film in detail the inside of a car.  Below are some pictures from the shoot.





Milo on the set of Max Payne

 In our May 2008 newsletter we mentioned Operator Jerry Andrews and Technician Craig Perrin from Kinetic Camera in Toronto had been working with a Milo on the feature film Max Payne. At the time we couldn't say or show a whole lot. With the film now released here are some photos and details of how the shots were done using the Milo.

The bedroom scene was shot with our Milo crane, which produced almost a 360 degree wrap-around on Mark Wahlberg, making full use of Milo’s ability to rotate the 3-axis slimline head, while keeping the roll level. No other motion control crane can do this, and it allowed us to put a relatively small crane into a small set, and still produce a large radius move. The track was laid across the back of the room, behind Mark, so there was no rig removal to do in post production, as there would have been with circular track. The move was programmed and shot in one day, including the dramatic set change.

Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Time slice of the bedroom shots (included in the trailer)

The gun shot was achieved on a Phantom camera at 1000 frames per second at HD resolution. The shot is actually rotating around the gun at a real-time speed of 2 revs per second. (Two full revolutions of the camera around the hand at a distance of 3 feet). This was achieved using an adapted MRMC 2-axis model mover, driven by a 220v AC servo motor under the control of MRMC FLAIR software. The use of motion control allowed the rig to be stopped and started with minimum overshoot (important to protect the hard-wired camera system) and also to provide a timing cue for the gun fire at ‘top dead centre’ of the camera cycle.


Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Time slice of the gun shot (included in the trailer)


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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If you would like to have more information about CGI, remote heads, cranes, dollies, accessories or any other filming equipment please let us know at

Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd.
Tel: +44-1342-334700