The latest news from ACS France

par ACS France La Lettre AFC n°294

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In the latest news from ACS France, three feature lengths released, including two films cinematographed by members of the AFC, and the presentation of our latest innovations, the Agito and Multi Camera Array, installed in our Shotover K1, at Micro Salon 2019.

For those who haven’t yet had the chance to check it out, please watch our 2019 showreel, put together for this year’s Cesars.

Micro Salon 2019 :
The ACS France team will be eager to meet you at their stand at the Parc Floral de Vincennes where Micro Salon 2019 is taking place on the8th and 9th of February. We will be showing our latest innovations – the Agito and the multi-camera array, installed in the Shotover K1.

February 2019 release

All Inclusive, directed by Fabien Onteniente and lensed by Pierric Gantelmi d’Ille, AFC, is released in theatres on the 13th of February. We thank the team for their confidence in having us on this great project. We supplied both drone and helicopter services in Guadeloupe.
With the help of an Inpire 2 and it’s Zenmuse 7 camera, we filmed a chase scene with two actors running along a 300m path that twisted and turned along narrow streets between buildings. The shot, a 90° look down needed a team effort, with the pilot needing to keep the drone in sight at all times while the operator indicated directions via radio.

And for the other shots needed for the film, we used our heavylift drone - the Alta 8, equipped with the Alexa Mini and a 17mm lens. These shots comprised a scene-setter, where a long approach from over the sea catches a bus on the apex of a bend as it leaves town and an establishing shot of the airport at Point-à-Pitre – a shot that we realised in spite of difficult weather, and a strong wind that arrived just as we started shooting.

Le Chant du loup, directed by Antonin Baudry and photographed by Pierre Cottereau is released in cinemas on the 20th of February 2019. A big thank-you to all the team who were involved in this shoot, for which we supplied helicopter and Russian Arm shots.
For the helicopter shots we installed a Shotover K1 on a military helicopter.
The Shotover K1 was fitted with an Alexa XT (with 1Tb cards) with a 28-340mm lens. We had to film the breaching of a submarine as it came to the surface of the Mediterranean south of Toulon. The shot was extremely difficult, because the submarine had to descend beneath the waves to a significant depth before coming up. They couldn’t say where they would come up, and the helicopter crew didn’t know either – an anxious two minutes were spent at a safe height hoping to get the shot, which we got on the second take of a possible three.

Also for this project, we supplied a Russian Arm, fitted to a semi-rigid boat.
Onto the Flighthead, we fitted an Alexa Mini with a wide-angle lens. The great flexibility of the Russian Arm, as well as the stability of the Flight-Head allowed us to create extremely dynamic shots, right at sea-level.

Jusqu’ici tout va bien, directed by Mohamed Hamidi et photographed by Laurent Dailland, is released in theatres on the 27th of February 2019. We thank the whole team for their confidence in using us on this project. We supplied drone and crew for a shot at the Paris Opéra. We used the Inspire 2 with the Zenmuse 7 camera because its light weight allowed us to stay within the regulations that limited flying in this area – otherwise the larger safety area required by using a heavier drone would have required blocking the trafic in this busy area. The shot was a circular tracking shot around a couple dancing on the steps of the Opéra that finished with a vertical look-down of the facade before tilting up to reveal the dawn-lit roofs of Paris. Shot at the end of February 2018, between 6:30 am and 8:30 am, we had to obtain a special permission for a night flight within Paris. However, the greatest difficulty for this shoot was the cold to keep flying without interruption, the batteries had to be stored at a temperature above 15° while the ambient temperature was hovering around zero. It all worked out though, and we got the shot, with a magnificent sunrise over Paris.

Gyrostabilizing at sea
Shooting on boats can be a complex affair. The sea-state, combined with the weather, compromises logistics. And what about the shots – the swell, the rocking of the boat, splashes of water – many things are put in the way of obtaining a good shot…
The experience of ACS France in the domain of camera stabilisation allows us to surmount these obstacles.
The principle stabilising function of gyrostabilised heads, made for helicopters, works just as well at sea. All movements, in pitch and roll and pan, are perfectly compensated by the head – allowing you to get smooth and stable shots in pretty much any conditions.
In very choppy conditions, the boat can be subject to some serious knocks – these knocks might be seen on the image – and might be damaging to the equipment. In these situations, we use suspension systems, or shock-absorbers to surmount these problems. Many other accessories and options – such as a rain-spinner or anti-misting fans allow us to rise above the elements and create the shots you desired.

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