Polecam and Sony FS5 now available

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The Polecam is now available with the Sony FS5 super 35mm 4K and HD camera which is an ideal choice if you want to match with the Sony FS7 – making the edit and grade so much smoother.

The FS5 offers all the benefits of the Canon C300 and more – cinematic super 35mm sensor, 4K, RAW, HD and Slow motion

Combine the FS5 with the Sony 18-105mm zoom lens and you have the perfect combination for live events and music gigs giving you so much more flexibility and shot choice.

Polecam now with remote follow focus

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The Polecam and C300 package is now available with remote follow focus which gives you even more creative options on your shoot. The beauty of this new system is that the Polcam is still  a single operator crane and the focus is controlled by the Polecam operator. For more complex manoeuvres and bigger budget productions the remote focus can be taken off of the Polecam and used wirelessly by a focus puller or camera assistant.

Polecam on BBC’s Award Winning ‘Sherlock’

Polecam was recently used on the BBC’s BAFTA award winning ‘Sherlock’ drama.

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One of the scenes on the final episode of series 3 needed a crane shot from over a balcony which craned round over the road and across the building revealing a railway. The access to the balcony was via a tiny bedroom and the balcony itself was barely wide enough to comfortably stand in.

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The producers needed a camera crane that could fit onto the balcony and also produce the necessary high quality images – Polecam with the C300 ticked both of those boxes.

Camrich Furniture Commercial for CH4

Polecam is perfect in a small studio environment where other cranes would simply be too big. For this furniture tv commercial we were in a relatively small studio and had the Polecam operating at 3 lengths (approx. 4 metres) with the C300 on the end.

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We were able to get the shots we required on and off the Polecam with the C300 so all the images matched perfectly.

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‘Head to Head’ at Oxford Union for Aljazeera

‘Head to Head’ is Aljazeera’s debate based show hosted by Mehdi Hasan held at the Oxford Union. The show has just completed filming its second season and has included much controversial discussion with guests such as Richard Dawkins, Martin McGuinness and General Mike Jackson.

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The Oxford union is a small traditional debating hall and the programme is shot as live with a live mix. The producers of the show wanted to raise production values without being too intrusive so a big jib was out of the question.

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The Polecam was ideal as it only had a footprint slightly bigger than a tripod and I was able to use the Sony PMW200 camera on the end so that all the pictures and codecs matched with the other larger Sony |XDCAM cameras.

C300 and Polecam on Speedo Promo..

The C300 Polecam package means that clients can now get cinematic shots both on and off the Polecam with the same camera with no compromises.

Polecam with C300 filming for Speedo

The C300 Polecam set up is quick to rig and easy to reposition and you can take the C300 on and off the Polecam in a matter of seconds.

C300 and Polecam filming swimmer

This shoot was for Speedo and with the C300 and Polecam I could get some nice overhead locked off shots of the swimmers to clearly demonstrate their swimming technique, some nice sweeps for intro material and then some long lens cinematic shots on the tripod.

C300 on Polecam for new Channel Four property series..

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With the C300 now offered as standard with my Polecam kit it’s a perfect combination for broadcasters. This shoot was for a new property series for Channel Four hosted by Sarah Beeny.

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Underwater shots with the Polecam..

GoPro on Polecam for underwater filming

On a recent shoot for Speedo I experimented with some underwater shots on the Polecam using the new GoPro Black camera mounted under the Polecam cradle. This allowed the Polecam head and the camera to be dropped just below the surface of the water with full control of the pan and tilt. A simple and effective way to get some underwater shots without breaking the budget.

Martial Arts in a small studio..

Filming in confined space with Polecam

The one thing that Polecam can do well is get into small spaces and this shoot could not have been achieved as easily as it was with any other camera than the Polecam – the studio space was very small with lots of obstructions and the director wanted a high angle shot of the martial art action taking place on the floor.

Officially Amazing..

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Filming for CBBC with the Polecam for a world record attempt in London – How many women can you fit into a mini??

The Polecam was covering the challenge with overhead shots to ensure that all the action was covered without getting in the way of the record attempt.

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