David (bottom left) leaning on Mike Connor’s Milo Motion Control rig with extended arm, seen while shooting dam segments for Renzo Martinelli’s film “Vajont”.
In order to create the dam both under construction and finished David and Mike came up with the idea of creating a 1/8 th, segment of the dam, mounting this on semi-circular rails with the same length and width as the top of the real dam, and then shooting it in eight different positions with the same motion control moves.
Mike's suggestion of the extended arm was to enable making camera moves that could go up and over the dam.
In agreement with the production designer Francesco Friggeri this was all done near the actual location so that the backgrounds were shot with the actors in camera and did not, on the whole, require green screens.
This also meant that extras could be multiplied to gtve the illusion that hundreds of workers were busy on the construction aind completion of the dam.
Two dam segments were made as set constructions; one for the dam while under construction, and the other with the completed dam. The lower part of the dam was created by extension in cgi.
For some types of visual effects, and especially those where we try to capture as much as possible in camera, the possibility of making extremely high quality vfx composites on set also makes sound creative and economic sense.
As a visual effects supervisor that has worked for decades with the equivalent of a blindfold over my eyes, I have always dreamt that I would have been able to see all of the elements we had just shot put together. Well, now its become possible, and with a calibrated 6k Apple XDR the completed visual effects can be shown to director and approved, or, if there is a need, re-shot then and there.
Mike Connor directs cinematography in 5K and 8K of "My Story" by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai. The documentary, directed by Ahmed Kamel, was a World first for the 8K Lab, and was edited and colour graded in a hotel in Dubai as it was being shot.
David supervises visual effects with his assistant Ashish Tyagi in Rajasthan, India for Rose Movies' "The Legend of Drona" Measurements were useful for matching the real and virtual worlds.
David stereo 3d and colour grading in E-Motion, Genoa. A technique that gives exceptional results, as in painting, to the extent that David's work was recently praised after a test by a very accomplished director as a result that looked like Caravaggio paintings!
Mike director of photography and producer of "Appassionata", a short film that was awarded an Oscar for "Best Foreign Film" at Long Island short film Festival. Exhibited in 29 Festivals Worldwide, including Shanghai.
Mike making an exciting recruitment film for the Swedish Air Force. Made with "Travel to Romantis" producer Patrick von Faber-Castel.