We spent a busy week crewing for Discovery Channel Canada throughout the whole of Germany. We travelled North to South and Eat to West shooting a variety of topics ranging from solar energy which powers lights 10.000 times stronger than the sun, solar energy powered aeroplanes, a supersonic aeroplane and a good old gigantic trebuchet.
We regularly provide English speaking fixers/translators for the US based TV show “House Hunters International” , which airs on HGTV. This time we “fixed” for a couple of weeks for an equally international crew from the USA, England and Germany, following couples in both Heidelberg and Nuremberg searching for new homes.
Every year Frankfurt hosts IMEX, a somewhat exotic business trade fair and we’re shooting regular XDCam there for The Fred Production Company from the UK. A colourful and lively show!
Once again Daily Planet Canada asked us to shoot a weird and wonderful invention for their daily science programme. We sent one of our Cologne based crews to shoot the inventor and scientist Olaf Winkler with an FS7, a GoPro and the good old Dji Osmo while he was whizzing around on his “Üo Scooter” – motorised ball. Strange but true…
We’ve been shooting almost non stop recently for all manner of corporate clients from mainly the USA and the UK.
Adidas in Munich and Dortmund, WebMD in Hannover, Jack Morton and World Media Rights in Berlin, Renegade in Hamburg, Discovery Canada in Stuttgart, TVC in Frankfurt, North One TV in Cologne etc etc
Not to forget of course our TV clients Bloomberg who have been shooting in Frankfurt, Berlin, Wolfsburg, Baden Baden, Munich and Düsseldorf.
Keep ’em coming :)))
A C-47 is the film industry term for a wooden clothes pin which is used to attach a sheet of gel to the barn doors of a light. The term came about when a cameraman billed a major network in the 70’s for clothes pins. That network said “you can’t bill us for clothes pins” to which the cameraman replied “…but I used them on your shoot.” So he changed the name to C-47 and the expense item was approved.
A C-47 is always wooden, never plastic.
“C’était un rendez-vous” is a 1976 French short film directed by Claude Lelouch, showing a high-speed drive through Paris. It was shot in a single take as an example of cinéma-vérité. The film runs for eight minutes which is nearly the maximum running time of a 1000 foot 35mm film magazine. The camera was mounted on the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9.
“Porsche: Decades of Disruption” is a cinematic, documentary-style television special that takes us through the company’s legendary history of its iconic cars from the 356 and 550 Spyder to the 911 and the 959 to the Carrera GT and 918 and leading up to the Panamera Turbos S hybrid plug-in that features the many technologies transferred from the 918.
We sent a largish support camera crew from Frankfurt to Stuttgart shooting this feature for one of our California based clients that specialises in filmmaking for the automative industry. It was all highly secret and we supplied a gaffer, grip, sound recordist, AC and a ton of lights and grip.
“Porsche: Decades of Disruption” will air this Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th on CNBC 3:30pm PST / 6:30pm EST. Have a look at the 30 sec promo: https://wdrv.it/0d0599271
We just assembled this collage of recent instagram images and want to give our sincere thanks to all our great crews out there!
You guys are simply the best, you’re doing a great job and we love you all!!
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Canada’s Discovery Channel runs a daily show which looks at off beat scientific innovations all over the world. We regularly shoot these stories for them all over Europe. This time we sent our Munich crew to report on BMW’s involvement in all things automation and robots. Our Cologne crew had a stranger mission shooting a report about paper planes.
These are all fast turnaround stories that have to be uploaded immediately…but that’s happening everywhere these days. Dropbox is heavy competition now for Fedex 🙂
Requests from China are rare but not unknown to us. This time we negotiated with a company in Shanghai who requested technical support from us for a video conference in Paris. Our local partners there were able to get the system up and running without a hitch and everyone was pleased with the result. It can be challenging and often very amusing negotiating between cultures which are so diverse… Almost like those 3 men in a boat jokes… A German, a Frenchman and a Chineseman… 🙂
(photo by North sea deamer)
We regularly provide crews throughout Europe for doctors round table discussions. This time our Hamburg crew incl. videographer and sound recordist travelled to Kiel on Germany’s northern coastline and set up a Sony FS7 camera studio with telepromter at a local hotel there.
We have an ongoing relationship with a UK production house that provides young and innovative programming for Adidas and last week our crew braved freezing temperatures while shooting staged scenes outside the Adidas headquarters in Bavaria. Our make up artist had a challenging time too trying to powder away the the thinly clad talent’s blue noses. 🙂 On top of that at very short notice (and most of the shoots are short notice) our art department and grips had to acquire 5 life size frameless mirrors and install them (invisibly) across the local terrain outside Adidas HQ. A bizarre scenario trying to capture the talent and their reflections. We also provided the full kit for both video and stills.
Most of our DHL crewing requests are for Bonn and Leipzig, this time though we used a local Sony FS7 crew incl. videographer and soundman for a corporate shoot shoot in Hanover and Münster. It’s great to know we have talented and reliable crews there even if Hanover and Münster are a bit off the beaten track. 🙂
Inspired by the painter Jackson Pollock a funky group in Hamburg – called Cooper Copter – devised a way of creating similar paintings using small drones to throw the paint. We sent our Hamburg based camera crew to shoot a report for Discovery Channel in Canada and were happy to provide production services for such an interesting shoot!
Every year in December we get our local videographer to shoot the whacky Swiss Santa Claus Championships in Samnaun and its always a real hoot!
Last week we sent our videographer to Hockenheim to film the Lance Stroll Story for ESPN Canada. We used our Sony FS7 shooting a lot of slomo action!
We sent one of our Cologne based crews to shoot an interesting event in Essen for Sunset and Vine Asia, who are producing a series called Cricket For Social Change.The influx of asylum seekers into Germany, especially from cricket-mad Pakistan and Afghanistan, has created an unexpected boom for the sport in a country where football has long been king.
Of the 476,649 people who applied for asylum in Germany last year, 31,902 came from Afghanistan alone, with a further 8,472 from Pakistan, which has seen the German Cricket Federation (DCB) bombarded with a simple question: “Where can I play?”
We shot Prores on the ever so popular sony FS7.
We’re at the Ultra Broadband Forum 2016 in Frankfurt shooting continuously 4K prores HQ with three FS7 cameras – it’s a DIT’s nightmare! The cameramen aren’t too happy with the tricky Shogun recorders but that’s showbiz, I guess. The client, Huawei, has pulled out all the stops with an incredibly huge 8K projection area!
Watch out Camera Crews all over taking flights! Airport security now only allows two lithium-ion camera batteries with a maximum wattage of 160W per battery as hand luggage. No batteries at all allowed in check-in luggage.
Since April 2016, lithium-ion batteries banned as cargo on passenger planes. Spare (uninstalled) lithium ion and lithium metal batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only. According to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) there is a limit of two spare batteries per person for the larger lithium ion batteries described above (101-160 watt hours per battery).
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has warned airlines that fires from lithium batteries have the potential to take down airliners because they are so difficult for on-board fire extinguishers to put out.
This presents a big problem for all crews travelling around, however, CCG is on call night and day with a huge supply of batteries for your next shoot 🙂