Camera Crew Germany Blog

Sound studio in Vienna


One of our UK clients needed to record just audio with a participant from the Vienna Philharmonic and we set up the recording with one of our preferred sound studios there!

Dji Osmo and the amazing “Üo Scooter”

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…

Brexit Camera Crew in London


One of our regular clients, Deutsche Bank, requested a camera crew in London shooting testimonials and b-roll. As you can see, the good old British stiff upper lip can still handle anything!

Yet another green screen shoot in Munich


Green screen interviews are part of our corporate daily bread. We often get requests for them and this time we sent our local crew in Munich to shoot it on the Canon C300 Mk II.

Camera Crews all over Germany and the UK


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 :)))

C-47


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.

With 85mph through Paris!

“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.

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Camera Crew in Frankfurt

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Another day shooting stand ups for Bloomberg at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Berlin Camera Crew

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We’ve just completed a C300 testimonials shoot in Berlin for a show called “Hitler’s Inner Circle”. It’s amazing how many Second World War docs are still being produced. The challenging part was to film GVs of Berlin without anything new in frame… Like it was during the Third Reich.

Carnival camera crews in Cologne

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At this time of year in Germany’s Rhineland it’s round the clock party time. It’s Carnival season and the streets are full of people in fancy dress and most of them are mega loaded. It’s three days of madness and everything stops. However, we managed to get one of our Cologne crews out of the pubs and they’re shooting corporate interviews and b-roll over the next few days at DHL in Bonn.

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Frankfurt Camera Crew shooting at Porsche

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“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

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photos by 8mobili (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE) and  © CNBC

Watch out boys!

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We regularly crew for EyeMagic USA filming round table discussions with doctors. In order to streamline their set up and reduce costs their client has started using robot cameras. Scary stuff!!

Big action down Bavaria way

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We had some manic action in Munich this week on a couple of corporate shoots. Of course the ever so popular drone shots, multi camera FS7 interviews, and a stills photographer prancing all over the place… Cheers to you Bavarian dudes!

Camera crews everywhere!

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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!!

Follow us on IG: @cameracrewgermany

Camera crews in Munich and Cologne shooting for Discovery

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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 🙂

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Legal videographer in Stockholm

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For some years now we have been providing legal videographers for American law firms holding depositions here in Europe. This time our Frankfurt based legal videographer recorded various depositions over 2 weeks in beautiful Stockholm.

FS7 camera crews in Frankfurt for Dell

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Yet another classic corporate shoot in Frankfurt. We had two Sony FS7 camera crews out again in Schwalbach near Frankfurt shooting testimonials for one of our US based clients.
It was a fairly regular scenario whereby the clients sent questions and our bilingual producer interviewed the talent. Due to a fast turnaround we downsized the footage, uploaded to our dropbox and the next day the client in sunny California could do a rough cut. Mission successful and another satisfied client :))

Fixers, camera crew and gear in Berlin

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We worked for a US based client recently on a biggish shoot for Cisco in Berlin. We provided fixers, a sound recordist, an assistant cameraman, a grip and a couple of trucks of gear.

Support crew in Frankfurt

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One of our regular UK clients requested a support crew and equipment for a shoot currently ongoing in Frankfurt and Rüsselsheim. 2 x C300 kits, 2 x 5D kits, and yes these golden oldie kits are still in demand, lights, grip and logistics.
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Camera crew in Munich

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We provided a full local, Munich based support crew with equipment, locations and logistics for our Australian client who was shooting a promo in connection with Microsoft Sports in and around Munich.

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Camera Crew in Frankfurt

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It’s been freezing cold here but we’ve got brilliant sunshine and blue skies… So we grabbed the opportunity to shoot local GVs in and around Frankfurt on the good old Sony FS7.

2017 here we come!

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After a very busy and wonderful 2016 this year has got off to a good start with a variety of shoots in both Germany and the UK. Bizarre Sports madness shooting Haxey Hood in the UK and Christmas Tree Throwing in Germany. Corporate shoots in Hanover, Munich, Frankfurt and Mönchengladbach for various clients like Fox Sports, WebMD, Snippies, Microsoft etc.
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Technical crew in Paris

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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)

Camera crew for Adidas shoot

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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.

Camera crew for DHL in Hanover and Münster

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Most of our DHL crewing requests are for Bonn and Leipzig, this time though we used a local Sony FS7 crew 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. 🙂

(photo source: “DHL Rail Freight” by Deutsche Post DHL on Flickr)

Camera crew in Switzerland

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Every year in December we get our local camera crew to shoot the whacky Swiss Santa Claus Championships in Samnaun and its always a real hoot!

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Canon C300 Green screen camera crews in Munich

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Even though the Sony FS7 has become the standard camera for most of our corporate shoots there is still room for the good old Canon C300. We had a couple of C300 local crews out this week in Munich shooting for Fujitsu and Dell.
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Teleprompter in Frankfurt

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If you are an overseas camera crew travelling to Germany the last thing you want to bring is a bulky, clumsy teleprompter. That’s where we come in! We provide English speaking teleprompter operators with state of the art equipment in all major cities throughout Germany. This week we were teleprompting for Hewlett Packard Spain at the 3D printing trade fair “formnext” in Frankfurt.

Camera crews in sunny Frankfurt

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Frankfurt’s ablaze with brilliant sunshine and blue skies and we’ve got a double whammy with 2 crews at the trade fair. Teleprompter and operator for Hewlett Packard and an XDcam camera crew for Bloomberg.

Sound recordist in Mainz

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We regularly receive requests for a sound recordist with kit to support overseas camera crews who are shooting in Germany. Invariably the director will travel with his own DOP and pick up local crew. This not only saves costs for them but gives them someone with local knowledge, who can drive and translate.

Camera crew and Gopro Time-lapse in Munich

One of our US based clients has requested a classic Time-lapse clip to cover the construction of his installation at the annual Electronica trade fair in Munich. We installed 2 GoPros with varying frame rates to follow 10 days of rigging, the 3 day show itself and then the de-rig. Here’s our preliminary test from day one.

Camera crew shooting Adidas in Berlin

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One of our regular clients shoots all things Adidas in various locations throughout Germany. This time at very short notice we provided a large local Berlin crew and equipment for their Gameday Plus shoot.
(photo source: https://vimeo.com/146623502)

C300 camera crew and director in Augsburg

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CNBC London requested our Munich based camera crew and director travel to the Velodrome in Augsburg to film a short item about 3 D printing. The story centred around Denise Schindler, the world’s first Paralympic cyclist to use 3D printed prothesis.
(photo: Nicola, Wikimedia Commons, CC-by-sa 4.0)

Photographer in Ludwigshafen

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We regularly supply photographers to our corporate clients throughout Germany and most recently our request took us to Ludwigshafen near Frankfurt!

Support crew in Delft, Holland

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We sent our Amsterdam based support crew to Delft to assist our clients own UK based camera crew for a shoot at DHL. Our clients not only saved on transportation and hotel costs but got local knowledge and a free translation service from our guys there.

Filming the fastest kid on earth

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Last week we sent our crew to Hockenheim to film the Lance Stroll Story for ESPN Canada. We used our Sony FS7 shooting a lot of slomo action!

Cricket for Refugees

 

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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.

DIT nightmare shooting 4K Prores HQ

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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!

New restrictions for batteries on flights

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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 🙂

Sources: CNN and FAA

Camera Crew in Stockholm

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One of our regular clients from the USA requested we shoot “creative” footage of a football testing machine in Stockholm – strange but true! 🙂
We sent one of our Stockholm crews there to shoot this on the ever so popular Sony FS7. A lot of moody lighting here as you can see.

A man, his Osmo and Dorian Gray

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Our cameraman, Rüdiger, putting our latest toy to the test – the DJI Osmo. All part of our sponsoring of the English Theatre Frankfurt; here producing a trailer for Oscar Wide’s “Picture of Dorian Gray”.

UK Camera Crews shooting Brexit water games

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The recent Bank Holiday weekend had its fair share of silly games which kept our UK based camera crews on their toes in both Middle England and Wales.
We shot the Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, Bog Snorkelling, Husband Dragging and Football in the River for various UK and German Broadcasters.
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Sony F5 shoot with blue screen in Frankfurt

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We were on the road again in Frankfurt shooting the Borussia Dortmund football star Sebastian Rode. We shot Blue Screen with him for Topps Match Attax Cards.

Support camera crews in Germany

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We regularly supply support crews for visiting production companies who often just bring their own director and DP. We provide DPs, assistant cameramen, focus pullers, make up artists, soundies, gaffers, runners, grips and the list goes on and on. All excellent guys and gals, English speaking and with local knowledge! Furthermore we provide state of the art camera and lighting kits. Give us a try!
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Race the Train in Wales

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We sent our Sheffield based camera crew to picturesque Snowdonia in North Wales to shoot the wacky Race the Train event. Rainy and windy but we got some great images!

BBC shoot in Innsbruck, Austria

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We sent our Innsbruck based cameraman and sound recordist to a tunnel in Pfunds to shoot for the BBC show Absolute Genius. We were second unit to the core BBC crew from the UK who were filming all things “Epic Bridges, Deep Underground”.

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Soundie for sale

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We often get requests for support crew members from overseas producers visiting Europe. More often than not they require a local sound recordist with kit to supplement their core crew. Not only do they save on travel and accommodation costs but they get local knowledge and a free translation service too.