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Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Springfield Armory recently launched a new product in their lineup of fine firearms - The Saint. Three weeks before that, they invited industry writers to participate in a "show and shoot" outside Las Vegas. Not a gentle one either. This was a full on try-and-break-it session. Epicosity handles the media for Springfield and they wanted more creative angles for these videos. The solution? Bring Polecam along to document the 2-day event. This is the result:

When shooting on a range – no one – can be in front of the firing line. Polecam could be extended over that line and position the camera back toward the weapon and its operator. Adding gliding motion led to some incredible shots when captured at 240 and 480 fps. The editor then used speed ramps for some spectacular edits. The client was stoked, and their client was smiling.

The following day included tactical training for the writers including military-style ambush response scenarios. Polecam came in handy for both being able to get over walls for views at self defense training as well as getting the camera in close on the range where no one else was allowed: directly over the shoulder of the shooter while engaging a theoretical threat. Here is what happened that night:

These videos are two of several created from this two-day event. Some were 3-camera shoots, while others were only one due to interviews and repos. Because the action on a gun range happens so fast, the DP wanted high frame rate recording capability. We needed lightweight solutions for easy repos between several range locations, matching color profiles and good low light sensitivity for night scenes. The Sony FS5 was chosen because it fit the criteria and was an easy adaption to the Polecam. We recorded internally as well as externally on Atomos Shogun Flame recorders. We shot using SLOG2 at 60, 120, 240 and up to 480 fps. Used Sony G series 18-105 and several Canon lens with speed boosters to mate to the FS5. This setup worked very well on the Polecam.

Enjoy the pics. I certainly enjoyed being in them.

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Creative filming with Polecam camera crane

Steve Rausch
focused motion
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