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Jon Boast - DOP

Polecam at the TPI Awards

Out and about again, this time in Spain shooting an abandoned village for Discovery Network with his trusty go anywhere (cherished and well used) Polecam Starter Pack configured with Sony A7sii. The Polecam system is an everyday tool, enabling me to grab those additional and unexpected shots for the production; granted time is always against you on these types of shoots, but the Polecam is quick and easy to setup and relocating for the next shot is simple and effortless.

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TPI Awards 2018

Polecam at the TPI Awards

The "Live Events Production Industry" got together for the Total Production International (TPi) Awards 2018, held at Battersea Evolution, London which was presented by actor and comedian Russell Kane. The biggest industry night of the year attracted over 1400 people from all avenues of the live music and entertainment technology business, who together celebrated the technical and creative achievements of live productions and events over the preceding twelve months.

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The World's Most Extraordinary Homes

Polecam with Sony F55 with a Duclos 11-16mm lens

Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin explore extraordinary homes built in mountain, forest, coast and underground locations around the world. Polecam Owner Operator and DOP Alex Macdonald took his system to Switzerland and Spain, shooting with his Sony F55 with a Duclos 11-16mm lens. The busy schedule and minimal operational spaces available to Alex for the shoots meant that the Polecam was the perfect solution – whether tight in by an infinity pool or perched up high on a narrow beam.

As soon as the extraordinary property shoot schedule was finished, Alex took his Polecam rig straight out to Bangladesh, a very different environment indeed – but none the less, both Alex and his Polecam were just at ease in capturing the breakers shipyard as the stunning European properties

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Polecam goes Steady at NAB 2018

Polecam at NAB 2018 Show

Polecam were on the ACR Systems stand (Advanced Cinema Robotics) in Central Hall showing the Skeleton rig fitted with their gimbal. Greg Salman was on hand to help with all enquiries.

"Mounting gimbals on a Polecam is a no-brainer thanks to the Polecam Universal Gimbal mount which covers most gimbal fixings including Ronin, Movi and any 1/4". Switching from hand held to a crane seems to be the way forward."

The stability of these systems, especially with wind makes things like Red Bull Cliff Diving much more user friendly as John Gillan will testify.

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Åre, Sweden, Alpine World Skiing Championship Finals 2018

Polecam at the Geneva Motor Show
Women's downhill start

Pink Elephant filmed the Alpine WC finals in Åre. Located half way up Sweden close to the Norwegian border. Both the men and women races formed part of the Host Broadcast. SVT, Swedish national television, was the producing company. Since the time between the races were just 5 minutes we had to have two teams. The only team that were the same were the ones in the finish area. As a result of this there were two Polecams needed and Pinkelephant provided the production with both. The Polecam positions were at the start.Polecam operators was Peter Frick and myself, Tommie Rekstad.

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Geneva Motor Show

Polecam at the Geneva Motor Show

For the 2nd year in a row I used the Sony A7Sii on the Polecam. This year opting to use the 10-18mm lens to give an even greater view of the McLaren Senna GTR car launch.

With some modifications to my long head, carried out by Polecam engineering department, I am able to power the camera, follow focus and HDMI to HD-SDI converter from the head end, simplifying the rig and minimising the amount of cables running up the pole.

The show was very Polecam heavy this year, including a 4min 45 second continuous Polecam shot, showing off each element of the cars design while the head engineer talked through each development. Quite a nerve racking experience hitting all the correct points at the correct time while being live to screen and the world!

The whole show can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8tEQuFIJKiQ Supreme masterclass in Polecam work from 06'35" onwards. Very impressive Stuart - Steffan Hewitt - Polecam Founder/Owner!

With at least 2 news cars in the pipeline for McLaren this year, hopefully I'll be back for 2019

Stu

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2018 Geneva Motor Show

Toshiba IK-HD1 cameras and Fujinon XT17 zoom lenses mounted on a Ronin

Yet again John Gillan of JG Broadcast supplies Polecam to the motor shows. This time, with his compadre Richard Hookings, two Polecam systems with Toshiba IK-HD1 cameras and Fujinon XT17 zoom lenses mounted on a Ronin.

Jaguar Land Rover and Honda.

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Polecam in the Velodrome

Polecam camera crane used filming WC Track Cycling in Apeldoorn

Today Thijn Teeuwissen of The Netherlands starts a 5 days job covering the WC TRACK CYCLING in Apeldoorn. United Broadcast Facilities are the Host Broadcaster.

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