’68 Chevy Impala – Camera Rig

For all the hip hop and muscle car lovers out there (click for an homage)….Here’s a shameless promotion for TALCO’s Camera Car Mounts — featuring an incredibly versatile hostess tray / side mount from Modern. It even comes in deluxe gold plating for wrapper’s delight — and it holds more then a 32 ounce drink with a burger and fries**. ** Roller skates and mini skirts coming soon.

Worksafe BC: Vancouver Rain Cover

This was a roofing safety video for WorkSafe BC. We filmed in the pouring rain. We needed to get a large rain cover safely in the air above the set which was built 8 feet off the ground to simulate a rooftop. We built a “fly swatter” by rigging a 20×20 clear to the basket of a gennie lift. We sent it up unmanned from the base and were still able to position it, making adjustments with ease using the versatile controls of the lift. We could pan and tilt the basket, extend the primary and secondary boom, and telescope the arm, all from the ground. It worked great. Here’s some photos.

Modern Camera Car Mounts on “Pressed”

Our new Modern Studio Equipment “hostess tray” style side mount in action on a Dodge Viper Powered SRT-10 Ram. We’re in beautiful Kelowna, BC at the moment on our third feature with the ever popular Vancouver based independent cinematographer Norm Li. It stars up and coming english actor Luke Goss previously known as part of the brit pop duo Bros. It is directed by Justin Donnelly from TV The Troop. … yes we are way behind on our posts — ! Contact us if you’d like to rent our car mounts or find out more about flying Norm’s lighting balloon.

VFS Studio Shoot in a Box

This time lapse from the first portion of a 6 day film shoot at VFS with director Michael Chayse — Head of Production for VFS Entertainment — shows what can be done with TALCO’s 5-ton lighting and grip package truck out of the box. [media id=43 width=500 height=300] Vancouver Film School’s equipment was booked by multiple graduation projects from the cinematography program. Michael was leading an inter-department collaboration between the school of business and post production code named Project Space Squid, which involved students, faculty, and alumni. The project was based on the sci-fi cosmic horror writing of HP Lovecraft, an american writer from the turn of the century. Michael needed professional lighting to bring Lovecraft’s surreal Cthulhu Mythos to life. VFS Entertainment turned to our grip truck to convert an unused space which had no lighting grid into a functioning green screen studio with lights and equipment. We performed lighting services while business management students oversaw the shooting of 5 short films. They were titled: C’Thulhu, Dagon, Dunwich, Erich Zahn, and Rats. The students are maintaining a comprehensive blog of their progress in post production. The project was overseen by VFS head of the Entertainment Business Management department, Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, who also produced a 7-minute behinds the scenes documentary of the production titled, The Interactive Lovecraft. Further there are some photos taken by a student here. The VFS press department seems to be on a roll with this project…more will follow.

Scatterheart – The Free

Following up the first video we posted in January, ‘More then a Man‘ we’ve done a second for Scatterheart. This one is a new single, ‘The Free’. Produced and Directed by the band — Featuring Aeriosa Dance Society. Cinematography by Randy Ché . We filmed this at the Scotia Bank Dance Center with a combination of movie lights and hanging theatre lights. The band was keyed through a 6×6 frame with two Mini 9-Lights. We used a block and tackle to rig a flybar of Source Four Pars in the background so we could adjust the height quickly and easily based on the camera angle to spike the lense (accentuated by Randy’s streak filter on the camera). The coloured wash was programmed into the house lighting board using convenient motorized color scrollers. [media id=38 width=600 height=400]

The Higgins, “Free Like Love”

Factoring in 41 years of inflation since Woodstock ’69 LOVE has somehow managed to stay free in Canada suggests, The Higgins, in their first single from their second album, Dreamers Like us, which is scheduled for release in Spring 2010. [media id=33 width=600 height=330] Official music video for “Free Like Love” by The Higgin. Directed by multiple award-winner Stephano Barberis and produced by Arkadia Pictures Inc. Scroll down for a technical lighting summary of the setup. Lighting Summary: We rigged the stage for cinematographer Ron Williams C.S.C with a 4×8′ softbox above the band. The rig consisted of 3 blondes and a frame of 216 diffusion. It was built with pipe and burtons from a goalpost allowing it to “pendulum” down so the angle of light would be less overhead and more in the eyes of our talent. Due to the weight of the rig our goalpost consisted of three 20′ schedule 40 pipes (1 1/2″ Aluminum) joined together into a triangle formation using Modern Studio Equipment mini-truss brackets. We cranked the rig up in super-crank roller stands (12.6′ max height). The wheels on the stand allowed us to roll the entire rig closer to the camera to make the lighting more frontal for the closeups. Of primary concern to Ron was beauty lighting for the band’s two female musicians. In addition tot he softbox over the stage we filled from over the heads of the crowd using a 10k fresnel through a 6×6 frame of half grid cloth. We used solid blades and flops to cut most of the spill off the crowd so it would project over their heads into the eyes of our band. There was also two tungsten units on the ground through diffusion frames to fill from below the stage in front of the band because that was the direction they would look down at the crowd. These units were hidden from camera between the crowd and the stage on the ground. Technical Notes: If doing a similar rig consider using a specialized truss lifting support from the theatre/live event industry in place of super-crank stands. They are usually load rated much higher then super-cranks and some of them can go upwards of 20′ in height which would be a huge asset if the stage was any higher (compared to 12.6′ for a super-crank stand). Also consider using real truss for less sag across the span. We used ropes and pulleys from the truss of the studio to safety our rig but if you didn’t have access to a lift to get up there you’d certainly want to make your truss more rigid.

Promo Spots with Pin Point Productions

Here are two corporate video we did with Director Cliff Prowse from Pin Point productions over a year ago: Click the teaser images above to view them. Safari Man Dan | Dinosaurs Unearthed This first is a childrens promo spot funded by the BC Chicken Marketing Board which us on a week long tour of the British Columbia chicken industry. We wore bio suits and hosed down our lighting equipment in chemicals to pass bio security checkpoints in order  bring cameras and lights into places nobody but chickens go. The spot was narrated by Adam Groves who coincidently plays Amir in Under the Apple Box the feature we recently completed earlier this year. In the second we did the camera mounts for Dinosaurs Unearthed a promotional video showcasing the traveling animatronic dinosaur event which was installed at Metropolis at Metrotown.