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Visit us at Cinec 2014, booth 3-C11/01

We will be showing new products, like the AMM-Alignment Motor Module, a 3D multi rig controller and new developments of Ultra Macro 3D cameras.




Yunnan 3D aerial project

Screen Plane provided the stereoscopic support for six weeks aerial shooting featuring the amazing landscape of Yunnans Himalaya region in China.
A 3D capable fully stabilized Shotover K1 system was used with two Alexa XT cameras. The film covers historic cities, lakes, valleys and mountains at altitudes up to 6000m.

DoP: Richard Burton ( "Planet Earth"),
Stereographer: Dennis Boehm






© Donata Wenders

New Wim Wenders feature film wraps in Canada

Screen Plane provided the stereoscopic equipment on the new Wim Wenders feature "Every thing will be fine" which was shot in Canada in summer 2013 and winter 2014, starring Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The project was filmed on a Production Rig and a Steady-Flex rig, equipped with Alexa XT and Alexa M and a 3D set of Leica Summilux-C lenses. Additional scenes were shot with a pair of Angenieux Optimo DP 16-42mm zooms.
For the winter episode Screen Plane modified the rigs for the cold to be able to shoot in temperatures of -20 to -25°C. Several sessions in a cold chamber where done during the prep to test cameras and rigs under extreme wheather conditions.

Prod: Neue Road Movies, Montauk Productions, Göta Film, Film i Väst
Director: Wim Wenders, DoP: Benoit Debie, DoS: Josephine Derobe, Stereogr: Thierry Pouffary

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First set of matched 3D Leica Summicron-C primes delivered to Screen Plane

With their compact size and the pristine image quality the new Leica Summicrons are an ideal choice for the Steady-Flex rig. We are proud to receive the first matched 3D set from CW Sonderoptic.


"It´s amazing how good the match between the lenses is. Just like they are, they are already very good, but with a paired set I guess you can't get a better match at all.

It was great to visit the Leica team in Wetzlar, with whom we have worked very closely on different projects.

We really enjoyed matching the lenses with them and sharing additional ideas on 3D requirements."

Sebastian Cramer - Screen Plane







SCREEN PLANE moves to a new location

We have finally moved to our new location early 2014.

The new facility includes a 180 sqm studio, for prep, testing and even smaller productions, as well as the assembly, administration and development.











Four additional 3D episodes of "Cathedrals of Culture"



After the pilot for the documentary series "Cathedrals of Culture" shot by Wim Wenders, Screen Plane continued the work on this project in 2013 by providing stereoscopic gear, camera equipment and stereographic services on four additional episodes.

The project features outstanding architecture like the Berlin Philharmonie, the National Library / St. Petersburg, Centre Pompidou / Paris, Oslo Opera House / Norway, Halden Prison / Norway and the Salk Institute / USA.

The projects (except of the Salk Institute) where all shot on a Steady-Flex rig with Epic cameras and Ultra Prime lenses. More then 2/3 of the footage was done from Steadicam, on a completely wireless setup. The operator could move freely even for long takes up to several minutes.
All documentaries were shot in a fast and effective production speed, with an average of five editorial minutes per shooting day.


Directors: Wim Wender, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margreth Olin, Karim Ainouz
DoPs: Christian Rein, Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachmann, Oystein Mamen, Ali Olcay Gozkaya
Dir. of Stereography: Josephine Derobe
Stereographer Petersburg / Halden: Sebastian Cramer

Cathedrals of Culture: Berlin Review





Screen Plane presents fully motorized 11-axis 3D rig on IBC 2013

The new Alignment-Motor-Module (AMM) converts the established Screen Plane Production Rig into a fully motorized 11-axis 3D unit.

The AMM controls roll, tilt and height and replaces the existing manual alignment module. It can be installed within minutes while the manual alignment module can be kept as safety backup and reinstalled at any time.

Compatible with Stereolabs PURE and PURE On-Set, Screen Plane offers a suitable broadcast solution and pushes to speed up existing feature film workflows on set.






Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Wolf Totem" shoots on Screen Plane


The project "Wolf Totem" is based on the Chinese bestseller by Lu Jiamin and directed be the french director Jean-Jacques Annaud. The filming currently takes place in Inner Mongolia. With a shooting period of over 9 months and a production budget of $38 million, this film is one of the most important productions in China this year.

China Film Group has acquired several Screen Plane 3D rigs for this and other feature projects.










The film is shot with a Production Rig, equipped with Angeniuex zooms 16-42mm and 30-80mm and a Steady-Flex with Ultra Primes, both with Epic cameras. Shots which require longer lenses are shot in 2D on an Alexa and to be post converted.

The leading roles are played by Chinese stars Feng Shaofeng and Dou Xiao.


Further information on the project:


Prod: Edko Films, China Film Group, Reperage
Dir: Jean-Jacques Annaud
DP: Jean-Marie Dreujou
Stereographer: David Bush




"Farewell my Concubine" wrapped in Shanghai, August 2013





This feature production is an adaptation of the famous Peking Opera for the screen, featuring Shang Changrong and Shi Yihong in the leading roles.

The project was shot on Screen Plane rigs on stages in Shanghai using a Production Rig with zooms and a Steady-Flex.

Screen Plane provided the lead stereographer as the only foreign team member to support the chinese film crew.


Prod: Shanghai Media Group
Dir: Teng Junjie
DP: Xia Qi
Stereographer: Dennis Boehm




Screen Plane shoots Adidas "World Fashion Film" - March 2013





For the international presentation Adidas created a 3D film which was shot on stages in Munich/Germany in a total of 12 shooting days.
Screen Plane provided two Production Rigs, one for extreme slow motion shots, equipped with Phantom Flex cameras for framerates up to 1500 fps. Both rigs were equipped with zoom lenses.

For details of the clothes and applications Screen Plane´s new Ultra Macro 3D camera was used as well.

The film is introducing the new collection of Adidas for the next season as well as the new outfits for the soccer worldcup in Brazil next year.



Prod: Fine Arts Film
Dir: Claus Bertling
DP: Sebastian Cramer
Stereographer: Dennis Boehm




Ultra Macro 3D camera: UM-3D





Screen Plane is proud to introduce the new UM-3D camera to the market. The camera allows to film extreme macro shots which cannot be filmed with conventional mirror rigs. It allows for an extreme scaling factor like a single bee full frame on screen in 4K.

The camera records to two separate Epic cameras in 4 or 5K (other cameras, like highspeed cameras, can be mounted as well). The revolutionary aspect is, that it uses only a single lens and not a mirror configuration like normal macro setups most often do. The stereo base can be adjusted from 2 to 8mm.

The camera was originally developed by 3D pioneer Guenter Peschke and is now exclusively offered and further developed by Screen Plane. The system is available for rent and comes with a rig tech and/or a stereographer.

Sample images as stills in HD, single eye and SBS can be found here.




Screen Plane shoots 11 Kraftwerk 3D concerts

Screen Plane has shot a series of Kraftwerk concerts on their 2013 world tour, with a total of six concerts in the Duesseldorf K20 Kunstsammlung and five concerts in London's Tate Modern in the amazing Turbine Hall.
After filming the background 3D footage for their concerts more than a year ago, we are proud to continue the work with one of the most famous
german bands.

The project was challenging because the concerts include a 3D projection thru the entire show, which had to be maintained during filming. It's the first project we know of, filming 3D in 3D.

The concerts were shot on Alexa cameras with Angenieux zoom 16-42 and 30-80mm and
Screen Plane´s Production Rig.

DoP: Sebastian Cramer
Stereographer: Dennis Boehm




Wim Wenders shoots pilot of "Cathedrals of Culture" with Screen Plane

Wim Wenders and his stereographers Josephine Derobe and Thierry Pouffary ("Pina", "Asterix") have choosen Screen Plane as the technical partner for the 3D equipment for their new documentary.

It is the first film of a series of documentaries about famous buildings around the world. The pilot was shot in the Philharmonie in Berlin, featuring unseen views of the famous building and a concert with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

The project was shot with a Production Rig and a Steady-Flex on Alexa and Alexa M cameras.

More information: http://www.neueroadmovies.com

Dir: Wim Wenders - Neue Road Movies
DoP: Christian Rein, Stereographers: Josephine Derobe, Thierry Pouffary.




Michel Comte's "Madame Butterfly" switches to Screen Plane

After a few shooting days in the US, the crew of "Madame Butterfly - the little girl from Nagasaki" tested the Screen Plane Production Rig with Alexas for the European part of the feature directed by the world´s famous photographer Michel Comte.
The rigs performed so well that they ended up using Screen Plane gear for the entire production.
The filming took place in Berlin, Italy and Los Angeles.
The cast included Michael Nyqvist, Christopher Lee and Ayako Yoshida.
Beside of the rigs, Screen Plane also provided the technical 3D crew.

Dir. Michel Comte
D.o.P. Pierluigi Malavasi ASC, for Italien part: Sebastian Cramer, Stereographer: Jens Wenzel






Steady-Flex at Wacken 3D Documentary:

"Faster, Harder, Louder" - shooting a high end documentary at the biggest Heavy-Metal festival in the world was quite a task. The Steady-Flex with two Epics and UPs was used handheld, on sticks and on an Easyrig. The unit had to be battery driven completely and hand carried for the entire period of six shooting days. sss
After a few days and heavy rain, the entire area turned into an endless field of mud. But still it was great fun and a wild experience.
The material will be used on a documentary for theatrical release about the festival.



Production: Jumpseat - Tom Erhart
Dir: Norbert Heitker
DoP: Fabian Hothan, Alex Palm, Sebastian Cramer
Stereographer: Dennis Boehm




AUDI A3 world premiere shot on Screen Plane rigs

For the Geneva Motor Show 2012 Audi unveilled the new A3 with a 3D film shot on Screen Plane's Production Rig and Steady-Flex.

For this project the Production Rig with two Epics and Angenieux zooms 16-42mm had been fitted into the stabilized Flighthead 5 in a close colaboration with Filmotechnic Europe.

The footage was shot with a Russian Arm and a Speedcar on location and a racetrack in Spain, at speeds up to 140k/h.
The small Steady-Flex-Rig was used with two Scarlet cameras and UPs for interiour static and driving shots as well as for fixed mounted details of the car.

The project was finished in a resolution of double HD 3840x1080.

Dir./DoP: Bertram Kropac, Kropac Media Stereographer: Sebastian Cramer, Screen Plane

Watch the making of on Youtube




2nd shooting period of "Measuring the world" in the jungle of Ecuador completed. Feb. 2012



Even under extreme wheater conditions with heat, high humidity and heavy rains, the 2nd shooting period has been completed just in time.

Like on the European shooting period one Production Rig and two KITE rigs were shooting simultaneously most of the time.




"The three rigs we had on the film, were absolutely reliable, even under extreme conditions in the heat of jungle of Ecuador or the cold Winter of Austria/Germany. I really liked how fast they were aligned and setup. Otherwise we would have not been able to complete such a complex historical drama in only 31 shooting days."



Slawomir Idziak, (DoP "Measuring the world", "Harry Potter", "Black Hawk Down")




Steady-Flex on "Carmen 3D" in Prague.
Jan 2012

With a weight of only 5.7 KG of the striped down rig (including brigdeplates, mirror and the built in cmotion 8 axis controller), it was possible to shoot takes of this musical with a length of up to 5 minutes from Steadicam.

One of the benifits of the Steady-Flex lies in it's balance, as the center of gravity is exactly on the post itself, to allow fast pans without tumbling or hitting the gimble.






Screen Plane provides 3 rigs for "Measuring the world"

After intensive tests of various rigs from different manufacturers DoP Slawomir Idziak ("Black Hawk Down", "Harry Potter") and stereographer Andrzej Waluk ("Battle of Warsaw") have chosen Screen Plane to provide the rigs for the production of "Measuring the world". The project is currently shot on locations in Germany, Austria and Ecuador.

The historic drama is based on the bestseller by Daniel Kehlmann and directed by Detlef Buck. The three mirror rigs are equiped Alexas and Sony F3 cameras. Most setups are shot with 3 rigs filming simultaniously.

"Our project is pretty challenging as the amount of shooting days is very limited for a historical drama of this scale. One of the biggest concerns was, that shooting in 3D would slow down the entire production. After more than three weeks of shooting I must say, sofar we are very good in time and have almost no overtime at all. The rigs of Screen Plane seems to work very reliable, I don't think we would be any faster if the film would be shot in 2D."
Claus Boje, Producer - BojeBuck Film




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