Model-mover for Samsung
For the recent Samsung commercials shot by Raf Wathion we made belt driven rails, and turntable mounts for a Samsung laptop. The turntable mechanism was also able to open the lids of the computers.
Motion control model-mover for Gillette
This is a model-mover being tested in our studio in Amsterdam. Counterweights have been introduced to steady the movement. The model, made by Brooklyn Model Works in New York, measures 90cm. x 30cm. It weighs 3.4 kg. The photo on the right shows the dimensions of our rig and the positioning of the stepper motors.
Persistence of vision test bed
This is a test for a recent project using the “persistence of vision” effect. It consists of a varispeed motor with a two meter arm. In the film on the left an i-phone is attached half way along, so as to make a circle of 1meter diameter.
We made the first tests using a LED matrix running from an Arduino, later we moved over to the i-phone as light source.
Because the i-phone travels so fast the human makes a stripe out of it’s screen. If the speed is high enough you will eventually see a circle.
System built conveyor belts and turntables
Colleagues Loes Hulsbosch and Ailis Oattes helped us develop an adaptable conveyor belt system that can be resized to fit any particular context…
The speed, timing and triggering can easily be controlled…
We use these to precisely position objects in the air during a fall shot. Check out the Boursin project page for example…
We’ve also system built a variable speed turntable along similar lines.
Functioning clock model
Grey advertising asked us to make a working ’70s digital clock for a film for their client Becel. On a very short deadline we improvised a working mechanism. Using available cogs and materials we managed to empirically work out the geometry of the mechanism. Not only did the mechanism have to work but it had to fit in a small ball. We started with a transparent ball to see what was going on…later the ball was sprayed in Becel colours.
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