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03/05/2011

Pictorvision Goes 3D For Deutsche Telecom Spots

Pictorvision has announced that their state-of-the-art Eclipse 3D aerial system was recently flown carrying a pair of RED ONE M-X cameras for a Deutsche Telecom (the parent company of T-Mobile) package of spots called A Thousand Little Things.
Directed by Paul WS Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil series and the upcoming remake of The Three Musketeers), the spots were shot in Berlin and Los Angeles by Director of Photography Vern Nobles.
Nobles, who used the Eclipse for the first time on these spots, explained: "I've built other aerial 3D camera systems using other gyros but it has always been a compromise. None of them were capable of holding the 3D camera package as stable as the Eclipse. There is too much mass to use physical gyro systems and other systems can't look straight down. We needed to shoot as slow as 1fps for time-lapse ramping and no other system was stable enough to do it. Thanks to Tom Hallman and his team at Pictorvision, we had the perfect system to do everything from high speed to time lapse and more for this high-profile commercial series."
Nobles added: "We even had one shot to look backwards rotating 180 degrees when looking straight down, then titling up to look forward, flying between the downtown Los Angeles buildings. The mount did it over and over again perfectly. The stability, advanced tracking systems used also make it the perfect solution for VFX, and with the world of CG so key to many production, a lot of my aerials are for VFX - and now Pictorvision for support."
Nobles' helicopter set-up included Pictorvision's Eclipse 3D and a pair of RED ONEs (with M-X sensors) and Angenieux 17-80mm zooms. The Deutsche Telecom spots are being shown both in theatres as well as on television in Germany and Europe.
(KMc/GK)
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