Details of the equipment owned and used, and other kit that is possible to obtain
Carbon fibre crane
Extremely light-weight and portable, capable of building to 20 feet in length, and suitable for camera up to 10kg. The carbon fibre crane can be taken to spaces a conventional crane that size can’t.
Repeatable motion for timelapse photography in both conventional and 3D shots. Complete with a pan / tilt head, the rig can drive itself through the landscape in minutes, hours, or days.
Motion control equipment can provide repeatable moves on many scales including in the macro environment.
Monorail Dolly (Timelapse)
Repeatable timelapse moves on a monorail allow for quick setups in the horizontal or vertical, and can be combined with a pan / tilt head. Suitable for studio and location work.
Ladder Dolly (Live action)
Carbon Fibre Crane (3D)
RED c/w DSMC F Mount
Blackmagic Pocket Camera
GoPro Hero 4 (Modified to accept primes)
Wireless HD monitor c/w Bolt 500 and Small HD 703 daylight monitor
SmallHD 502 Monitor ‘On-Camera’
SmallHD DP6 Field Monitor
SmallHD DP7 Pro OLED Field Monitor
Transvideo 3D View S 12″ Field Monitor
Radio mic, shot gun, Red Rock & Genus Matte Boxes, Rails, Polar Bear cover, rain jacket, top light, XLRs
Nikon bodies; D810, D4, D3, D800, D2x, D200
Nikkor lenses across 10.5mm to 200mm at f/2.8, zooms and primes
Nikon Speedlights (SB800)
Filters to suit above, Pocket Wizards for wireless shooting
Mamiya RZ67ProII medium format film camera
Elinchrom flash heads (500J), Bowens flash heads (400J), soft boxes, umbrellas and grids
Motion-control 20 foot Carbon Fibre Crane
Motion-control pan/tilt head (single DSLR)
Motion-control pan/tilt head (up to 14Kg rig)
Motion-control dolly (single DSLR)
Motion-control ladder dolly (up to 14Kg rig)
Motion-control focus motors
Motion-control IA for 3D Mirror Rig
Motion-control extreme macro turntable
Motion-control extreme macro slider
Motion-control Chapman Slider
16 Axis Motion Controller
Custom controllers and relays for multi-axis moves
Custom controllers for syncing of studio grow lights and strobes for plant growth
Hurricane Beamsplitter Rig, with carbon fibre bars, spare mirror, bolster bracket & motorisation accessories
side by side rig
Sliders for specialist macro photography (such as plant timelapse in 3D)
Transvideo 3D ViewS 12″ Field Monitor
Custom sync cables for Nikon timelapse
Carbon Fibre slider (1-3m)
Carbon Fibre Jib (18.5ft max length) c/w hot head. Ideal for travel.
Manfrotto Studio tripod for stills and timelapse (heavy duty)
Miller DS20 fluid head
Miller Arrow 55 fluid head
Miller Solo (100mm bowl)
Miller HD Alloy (100mm bowl)
Ladder Dolly (100mm bowl)
Misc lighting stands
DJI Mavic Pro
Kino Flo Diva 400
Dedo kit (3 head)
LED Bi-Colour light panels (3 head kit)
Arri Lighting kit (800W) (3 head kit)
12″ Pipeline LEDs 5600k (4 head kit)
Location Camera Van
My van is adapted for life on the road and enables efficient working and carries three people and a large amount of kit. Charging on-the-run is taken care of with the 2.5kW inverter and interior lighting enables easy working at night.
- ENG Quick release plate / Euro snap plate on the ‘camera shelf’
- 2.5kW inverter
- LED lighting throughout
- retractable shelf for location desk space
- shelving throughout, designed around Peli cases to maximise efficient storage of equipment
- tripod compartments
- DIT on location – can be converted into a DIT van with the rear area accommodating a chair, TV mounted on bulkhead, Mac Pro, monitor, 19U racking and 240v power
- camera securely held on the dedicated camera shelf with ENG snap plate and Euro plate
- 5 x Peli 1500 (or equivalent) cases on shelf below
- 4 x Peli 1610 (or equivalent) cases on the bottom shelf
- Bins for storing small bits and bobs
- 1 x retractable shelf to save putting expensive items on the ground or shelf
- Crane – 20ft carbon fibre camera crane with remote head
- Slider (2m)
- Weights and sand bags
- 6 x 10m 240v 4 ways TRS
- 2kW Arri, dimmable
- Blacks and poly bags
- Diva Lite 400
- 3 x Arri 650kW
- 3 x Dedo
- 3 x Bi Colour 1×1
- 4 x Pipeline LEDs (5600k) dimmabte and flicker free
- gels, light stands, drapes
- plenty of space for production to put extra items in
Robert designs and engineers much of the specialist equipment that he uses. Ranging from stereoscopic rigs to precision motion-controlled grip for precise and repeatable moves, Robert has made kit to order that has subsequently been used on major series such as Conquest of the Skies, Hidden Kingdoms, and Natural History Museum Alive just to name a few.
Changing the look of a GoPro
With an interchangeable lens GoPro Hero 4, you can radically change the ‘look’ of the camera. Below shows the same scene shot for a BBC Horizon programme. The cockpit of this light aircraft was rigged with several cameras, but the ones to note are two Go Pro Hero 4 cameras right next to each other on the wind screen; one a normal Hero 4 and the other a modified Hero 4 with a prime lens on it. The shot from both camera is very different despite them being situated in the same place. The shot size and feel is so different you can cut them directly against each other.
Also below is a shot from the A7s which was the roaming camera I used handheld.
The clips are chosen to demonstrate the dynamic range and flare of the lenses and have been roughly graded from the Protune that each Hero 4 was shooting.
GoPro Hero 4 (unmodified)
2.7k, wide, Protune.
GoPro Hero 4, modified lens
2.7k, wide, Protune.
A7s Mk2, 17-35 f/2.8