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Ellie Goulding ‘Starry Eyed’ US Music Promo

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In June, I had the pleasure of operating Steadicam on Ellie Goulding’s new music promo for the US. The promo is for her UK hit ‘Starry Eyed’, which was shot on the ARRI Alexa, which I’m working with a lot at the moment – there are also Alexa bodies on set at ‘Bound’ (BBC Drama being shot in Sheffield, which I am currently doing Steadicam dailies on)

Ellie Goulding Shoot 3

We posted some information about the background to the Ellie Goulding shoot in a previous blog.

Here is a link for the completed promo on our YouTube channel, currently being screened in the US. http://www.youtube.com/user/steadifacilities?feature=mhee#p/a/f/1/fBf2v4mLM8k

Ellie Goulding Shoot 4

Steadi Tracker

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SF Steadi Tracker

In July 2011, the Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision team undertook another test day for our unique Steadi Tracker – the Steadicam Motorbike solution. Designed with Cycling and Marathon coverage in mind, our system comprises of a Steadicam system hardmounted onto a Motorbike. This provides hugely versatile tracking solutions, and provides constantly-usable Steadicam tracking shots at the traditional three-quarter angle used for race coverage.

Steadi Tracker 1

The arm is hardmounted via a plate onto the rear of the Motorbike via a custom plate. For maximum flexibility and operator comfort, we have now also designed a safety brace, comprising of speedrail, which doubles up as a mounting position for an external monitor. The hardmounted monitor is used as a substitute for the usual Steadicam monitor, and provides a 100% viewable image, no matter what angle the motorbike is travelling at.

Steadi Tracker 2

With our design work now finalised, we will be producing a high-profile showreel in coming weeks, and also launching a brand identity and web presence – watch this space…

Steadi Tracker 3

For further information, please email office@steadicam-facilities.co.uk.

BBC Comedy – Pram Face

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Continuing with semi-regular work in Scotland, making a change from the usual football OBs, in June we travelled to Edinburgh for Steadicam dailies on the BBC Comedy ‘Pram Face’ for TX initially on BBC3, followed by BBC2.
Pram Face - Steadicam and Vest

Shot on the RED MX, with Superspeeds and the ARRI LCS onboard the rig, our sequences were a part of the script, set amongst a public event organised by Run Scotland, and presented the challenge of shooting with two units, in a public area – which required a combination of skills including spacial awareness, a multicamera OB mentality of avoiding the ‘A’ camera, and the stamina required more often on a broadcast as opposed to a Drama or Feature. With sequences involving running, jogging and parallel tracking, plus some low mode angles, it was a tough but productive day, which went well.

Pram Face - Steadicam

Ellie Goulding: ‘Starry Eyed’ US

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Ellie Goulding 'Starry Eyed' US

In June, we shot the promo for Ellie Goulding’s track ‘Starry Eyed’ for the US audience, on location in West London. Shot on the ARRI Alexa, including low mode running shots, performance pieces and tracking shots, I was fortunate enough to operate Steadicam for the vast majority of the promo, with the exception of some handheld sequences inside a car.

Shooting Ellie Goulding 'Starry Eyed' US on the Alexa.

Football OB Steadicam

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Kilmarnock Vs Rangers

I was lucky enough to be part of the coverage of one of the final matches of the Scottish Premier League season once again, this year at the Kilmarnock v. Rangers match, broadcast in HD on Sky Sports with a 16-camera OB, including

2 Steadicams, operated by Hugh Richards and myself.

Following the usual warm up, players out, handshakes, first half and second half, and after a game which finished as a 5-1 win for Rangers, the celebrations began on the pitch as Rangers had won the SPL title.

With the trophy flown in by helicopter, on the ground we covered celeb

rations with the players, the trophy lift, and capturing the emotional and happy moments as the players celebrated with supporters.

After covering a full match, continuing to cover celebrations and running up and down the length of the pitch is a true test of stamina – and good fun (at the time!)

Football OB Steadicam

runBritain 10K & Half Marathon Events

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Following on from our coverage of the runBritain Reading Half Marathon, in May the Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision crew were on location in Bristol to provide coverage of the Bristol 10k Road Race. With coverage including Steadicam, Motorbike and marked positions along the course, and helicopter coverage from Flying TV, we produced a highlights edit of the event, which is online at http://www.youtube.com/user/steadifacilities#p/u/7/qMROn_8r6Po

Marathon Start LineMarathon Steadicam

Focus Pulling

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Occasionally, it makes a nice change to work as Focus Puller, and whatever format of camera and production type it may be, it is a good way of keeping ‘on your toes’. Most recently, I was working as Focus Puller / AC on a shoot featuring parkour ‘free runners’.

Shot on the RED MX, with Paul Mortlock (Operator) and James O’Hara (Director/Producer), with Zeiss Superspeeds, we shot from a variety of angles and locations as the artists ran, jumped, and threw themselves from one place to another. Needless to say, it was hard work keeping up with them!

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PULP

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PULP

Steadi Facilities has provided dry hire of a full Steadicam kit to PULP Films for the production of feature film ‘PULP’. Kit included: a RED-ready HD-SDI Steadicam Rig, HD-SDI Video Assist and a remote follow focus kit.