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Bjork ‘its oh so quiet’ final shot

Sean Porter
 

Hi all,

I'm prepping an ad and we're looking to pay homage to Spike Jones' fantastic shot at the end of "its oh so quiet," where the talent and camera take off on a large crane, leaving the street life down below in the background.

Ironically, and amazingly, I'm working with the producer from that video over twenty years later, so I'll be able to get some (fuzzy) details about how they did it.  If I was starting from scratch I'd imagine a steadicam op backing onto a chapman titan or something similar, then clipping in the talent as they step on and be on our way...  only thing is I think the titan platform is about 23' @ max height and if I had to guess they are higher than that in the video.   I haven't seen a condor rig like this, but is there some other tool out there I should check out?  This will be shooting in Vancouver BC.

Cheers--
Sean Porter
cinematographer
jefferson state

Clark Bierbaum
 

Looks like a matte shot to me....

Clark Bierbaum

Color Grading/ Post Production Consultant

NC / SC Broker / Realtor
NC /SC Commercial Contractor

Geoff Campbell Realty

Charlotte, NC
704/488/2448

Sent from a mobile device, please excuse the minimalist nature of this correspondence.

On Sep 30, 2018, at 00:20, Sean Porter <seancporter@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I'm prepping an ad and we're looking to pay homage to Spike Jones' fantastic shot at the end of "its oh so quiet," where the talent and camera take off on a large crane, leaving the street life down below in the background.

Ironically, and amazingly, I'm working with the producer from that video over twenty years later, so I'll be able to get some (fuzzy) details about how they did it.  If I was starting from scratch I'd imagine a steadicam op backing onto a chapman titan or something similar, then clipping in the talent as they step on and be on our way...  only thing is I think the titan platform is about 23' @ max height and if I had to guess they are higher than that in the video.   I haven't seen a condor rig like this, but is there some other tool out there I should check out?  This will be shooting in Vancouver BC.

Cheers--
Sean Porter
cinematographer
jefferson state

Mitch Gross
 

On Sep 30, 2018, at 2:00 AM, Clark Bierbaum <bierbaum@...> wrote:

Looks like a matte shot to me....

No, it was most definitely a Steadicam & talent step onto a crane. I recall an MTV BTS video from the shoot. Back in the day when music videos were going to be the art form of the new generation and the business could spend lavishly on them (i.e., before Napster & streaming), it was a fairly popular program to show the making of big Hollywood-produced music videos. 

Sean, I suggest searching for that MTV program as it may reveal the crane type. 

Mitch Gross
Cinema Product Manager 
Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America
New York


Michael Costelloe
 

Hey Sean,

I'm pretty sure I quoted for this same job in London I recently found out it was to be shot in the US and not here. I discussed the shot at length with Darren from a company called Independent Grip. From my understanding they have a ride on crane with a second seperate platform extension that had a safety feature for the talent as they stepped on. It was going to be quite a number to orchestrate. He assured me that he had a number of options in length of crane / final ride height and wuld be a case of extra personel / more money for a longer version. I do not have my notes from that pre-prep with me but everything is easy to fond online these days. Darren is fantastic and was the only positive response we initially had in these days of health and safety above and beyond everything else. I'm sure he would spare you 10 minutes over the phone to talk it through. If my understanding of the technique is not thorough I apologise, however it was outweighed by his positivity that we could get the shot required and I was going to discuss it further once we had a DP on board and could pin down exact heights and logistics.

Michael Costelloe
Producer (And sometime DoP)
UK Based