Kicka** Santa Vs. Elf

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Friend of planet5D Mike Staniforth sent in this holiday video he shot with the Canon EOS C300 and a MōVI rig!

Have a look at the video, but also the BTS video to see the MōVI on a motor cycle and the heli rig they used for the aerials.

Santa Vs Elf: No toy left behind.

Vimeo Description

You better watch out, you better not cry…

Santa does not like his toys being stolen, especially from a rogue elf.
Through a collaboration between Papertwin and Ironbird aerial cinematography comes this Christmas special featuring Liverpool based freerunners Ryan and Anthony Doyle (of Airborn Academy).

Shot over two days on location in Liverpool, using the Canon C300 and C100 along with the FreeFly MōVI M10 gimbal and the Freefly CineStar 8 octocopter.

Shooting Santa Vs Elf

From Mike Staniforth:

Earlier in the year, whilst working for Papertwin on the Edge Hill University projects, we met and worked with IronBird Aerial Cinematography. These guys produce amazing aerial footage using the FreeFly Cinestar Octocopter and they have recently acquired the FreeFly MoVI M10. We met up a few weeks ago and decided that we must collaborate for Christmas to make a short film. Besides, we had all this equipment to use, it’d be a shame if we didn’t put it to use.

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We realised that to be time efficient we needed an extra camera alongside my C100. Our friend Alex at The Camera Hire Company agreed to give us a C300 and two 1×1 Litepanels for the day. That meant the C300 could go on the MoVI permanently whilst the C100 could be used as a B camera. I had just received the Atomos Ninja 2 so this would be a good way to see how well both cameras worked together with this new workflow.

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It was down to me to do the shot list and I decided to give the iOS app Shotlister a try. This app has been on my want list for a while and this project seemed perfect for it. It took me no time at all to figure out how it works and within the hour I had a shot list created detailing the camera, equipment, crew, talent and description of each shot. Not only that, it had been put into a schedule starting from our call time to estimated wrap. Each shot had been timed to fit in these parameters and if we took too long on one shot, it would tell me how exactly how far behind we were.

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Learn more about how Mike Staniforth and his team shot the video on his blog post “A Very Merry Christmas Collaboration

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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