This project was filmed over a three week period in the fall of 2009 (there were several delays due to rain). I returned a year later to capture the final scenes. Main camera: Canon EOS 40D. Second camera: Nikon P50. Music: Dripping Whispers by Alex Rich. Used under license.
I wanted to explore more advanced techniques in Cinema 4D and challenge myself a bit. Therefor I decided to make a fully dynamic and rigged excavator with easy to use sliders for controlling everything. This has been my side project for a while, then I got tired of it and now it's been put on hold for a while. Right now it's split up in three different scene files so it's easier to play around with in the viewport, but the plan is to assemble it in one scene file at the end.
Three days of excavating our yard, compressed into 8 minutes.
Shot with Pentax K-7 and Canon Ixus 50. Varying frames / second. Heavily edited, removed repetetive sections and all moments where the hydraulic excavator wasn't moving.
The movie is a bit long, I felt it necessary to try to document each stage in the project, especially the removal of the oil tank.
Workgroup was from S ja A Velling Ky, a local business here in Kaarina. Kiitos työmiehille, kun annoitte kuvata.
The diy dolly shown at the beginning and end was inspired by all the wonderfull projects at openmoco.org and timescapes.org. It's a simple sled running along an electrical cable "ladder", being driven by an omega belt drive. It is controlled by Arduino microcontroller and Easydrive microstepper. The Arduino is also triggering the camera between the short movements.
Music by Gwen Stefani, hope it wont get this video removed.
PS. I am the guy in the blue T-shirt, try to spot me if you can lol.
Japanese guy skillfully drives a mini excavator onto the back of a small flatbed truck. Video collected on a beach in Kamakura, Japan. One day I'd love to learn to operate an excavator and to pull off the maneuver in the video.