Syn City – Stadt, die nicht sein darf

Filmmaking
Syn City – Stadt, die nicht sein darf

Rock'n'Roll maddafucker! On April 8, 9 and 10, the play "Syn City – Stadt, die nicht sein darf" will be broadcasted on syncitylive.ch, live from Theater Neumarkt in Zurich. The livestream is provided by me and my fellow students at Zurich University of the Arts, major Cast / Audiovisual Media. The official trailer of the livestream as well as many more videos, such as portraits of the main characters, are available on the YouTube channel. News and more information on the Facebook page. Trailer: Portrait of Berlin-based theater collective "Das Helmi":

Motion Control – Part 5: Cables

Filmmaking, Photography

There are a bunch of different cables needed to connect the controller, camera and perhaps additional equipment like a pan/tilt head and its controller.
When I was still waiting for my rail and controller’s parts to arrive, I started with building the shutter cables (2.5mm jack and N3 – for Canon EOS 500D and 6D).
I used the 2.5mm stereo jack with a cable I have ordered and soldered on a 3.5mm stereo jack on the other side. Pretty easy. This one’s for the 500D and similar models.

Motion Control – Part 4: Rail Assembly

Filmmaking, Photography
Motion Control – Part 4: Rail Assembly

So, all the parts I have ordered have arrived a long time ago.
Let’s talk about the rail now… Mr. Chronos Chris Field has made some pretty useful videos explaining how to assemble it. I think these should explain pretty much everything needed. I’ll just shortly sum up my steps. First one was to create the four threads at the ends of the rail with the 3/8 x 16 tap & die. This was kind of a pain-in-the-ass job and took quite some time, though it’s important to do it thoroughly and hold the tap & die really straight in order to get clean, straight threads. I got the screws for these holes at a nearby Harley Davidson garage, they’re pretty hard to find around here cause we have metric standards.

Sarek National Park

Filmmaking, Photography, Travel
Sarek National Park

There we go, a short timelapse video, trying to show a tiny bit of Sweden's endless beauty. The shots were taken mainly in Sarek National Park, but at some other locations too. We took a four-day trip to Sarek National Park in the far north of Sweden, walked about 100 km within a 72 hour timespan, and hence were able to see what's likely to be the most beautiful views we've ever seen.

Summer in Berlin – Part 2

Filmmaking, Travel
Summer in Berlin – Part 2

Better late than never. I'd shot these two short videos this summer in Berlin, after buying the new Canon 6D. So it sort of served the purpose of trying out the video mode of the camera, as well as the Magic Lantern firmware. I hope, this might bring back a few short minutes of summer into this cold time of the year.

Latin America – Part 9: La Paz & Flashback

Filmmaking, Photography, Travel
Latin America – Part 9: La Paz & Flashback

I've got quite some words left, but hardly any photos from these last days. So here's a short timelapse clip, followed by the end of the story. On Thursday morning we took the 9 am bus to La Paz. After an hour or something, everyone had to leave the bus and get on a boat, while the bus was being moved across a leg of the lake with another boat. After another couple hours we arrived in La Paz around 1 pm. The bus route coming from the west offers an impressive view of the whole city, spreading its buildings all across hills and valleys, as so many South American cities do. We walked to a bed & breakfast called […]

Motion Control – Part 2: Parts List

Filmmaking, Photography
Motion Control – Part 2: Parts List

So I’ve spent the last three weeks with doing lot of research and browsing online shops. The result is a shopping list with all the stuff I needed to buy or order to build the rail and controller, which basically consists of most parts listed on Chris’s parts list but with links to online shops in or near Switzerland. Of course, many of the parts are not exactly the ones he used.
I ordered a bracket set from Kyle and Chris which includes carriage, spacers, anti-backlash nut bracket as well as front and end brackets. They have shipped this stuff only a couple days after my order and I have received these beautiful parts two days ago.