How to Light a Single Take Steadicam Shot of a Rube Goldberg Machine

The good folks at Contra, a UK video production company that specializes in cinematic work for corporate and nonprofit clients, are at it again. This time, they’ve teamed up with the University of Cambridge to showcase the prestigious university’s enterprise program, which helps students and faculty members patent and commercialize their groundbreaking work in the sciences.

After receiving the brief from Cambridge, the Contra art department devised a Rube Goldberg machine to showcase six prominent projects that have received support from the enterprise program. To take it one step further, Contra DP John Ford decided to shoot the film in a single take.

Here’s the finished project:

 

And here’s the BTS video, which shows the work that went into making both the machine and the production run smoothly:

 

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