What cameras used for "Long Way Round" (McGregor & Boorman)

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Jimmy Bo, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Jimmy Bo

    Jimmy Bo Guest

    Does anyone know what make/model cameras were used to shoot Charley
    Boorman and Ewan McGregor as they road their motorcycles around the
    world in their TV series, "Long Way Round?"

    Any info appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jimmy
     
    Jimmy Bo, Dec 4, 2004
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  2. Google is your friend. With searches like
    camera "long way round"
    you can find sites like this...
    http://www.worldofbmw.com/magazinestories/040827longWay.htm

    You can also look up the producers and technical people
    behind any movie on www.imdb.com
     
    Richard Crowley, Dec 4, 2004
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  3. Jimmy Bo

    Jimmy Bo Guest

    Google is a wonderful friend, but I haven't found the information I'm
    looking for on either of the sites you mention, nor anywhere else on
    the web (yet).

    So, once again, does anyone know what make/model cameras were used to
    shoot Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor as they road their motorcycles
    around the world in their TV series, "Long Way Round?"

    Any info appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jimmy
     
    Jimmy Bo, Dec 4, 2004
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  4. Jimmy Bo

    Donna B Guest

    In rec.arts.tv on 4 Dec 2004 09:38:55 -0800 in Msg.#
    No, I don't know. But, I watched part of a show about the making of it & it
    seemed very detailed. If you didn't see that, you might check into it.
     
    Donna B, Dec 4, 2004
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  5. Jimmy Bo

    Ed Young Guest

    According to the book of the same name the video and photographic equipment
    used:

    Two of: on-bike camera, Panasonic NV-GS70 camcorder (plus allied car
    battery charger, stereo zoom microphone, filter kit, lens protector),
    digital stills camera (plus additional battery, charger and memory cards),
    35mm stills camera, tripod and mini-tripod, Mini DV tapes.
     
    Ed Young, Dec 5, 2004
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  6. Jimmy Bo

    Jimmy Bo Guest

    Thank you Ed! That is exactly the information I was seeking. The
    Panasonic NV-GS70 is an interesting choice.

    Anyone know what cameras the support crews used? We get some brief
    shots of them from time to time (like in the last episode when Ewan
    sees his Father).

    Thank you again Ed,

    Jimmy
     
    Jimmy Bo, Dec 6, 2004
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  7. I caught most of it on satellite yesterday (in NTSC). Was it
    shot in PAL and converted? Most of the shots with rapid
    movement were pretty choppy, particularly the shots of the
    road from the riders' POV.

    The only reason I would want to know what cameas they used
    might be to know what to avoid. Even the support crew stuff
    looked kinda soft. Almost looked like all the cameras were
    low-end consumer? The feature of the production was the
    content, not the technical quality.
     
    Richard Crowley, Dec 6, 2004
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  8. Well...... according to information gleened from a couple of websites of the
    companies that were directly involved in pre-production and production it
    was a bit more complicated than you would imagine.
    The camera rigs on the motorcycles where built by Sonic communication.
    It would be foolish to think that "off the shelf" mini-dv format cameras
    were simply pulled out of a box and clamped on the bikes. They might have
    started life as a simple camera, but according to Sonic Communications,
    rigging them turned them into something like "one off" units.
    Go here http://www.sonic-comms.com/sonic.htm for a bit more on that.

    The only other two cameras that I could find production shots of are a Sony
    PD-150 and either a Sony DSR-500 or a Betacam SP. (My gut is telling me that
    it looks more like a DSR-500.)
    For more information on production go here and start digging.
    http://www.longwayround.com/lwr.htm

    All three of these cameras are consistent with the video cameras owned by
    the director of photography Claudio von Planta.
    Go here http://www.vonplanta.net/


    Bill F.
    www.billfarnsworthvideo.com
     
    Bill Farnsworth, Dec 6, 2004
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  9. Wow - that's tremendous. What a helpful post. Many thanks Bill!

    Jimmy
     
    jim_bo_radius, Dec 7, 2004
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  10. Your welcome.
    No worries.
    Bill F.
    www.billfarnsworthvideo.com
     
    Bill Farnsworth, Dec 7, 2004
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