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class="Paragraph" Building Implosion

Published : 5th march 2004


I've got to shoot a building imploding and wondered if anyone has had any experience shooting one before. I can do the math for figuring out frame rate but would love any help with prior experience.

Thanks in advance...

Niko Diehm



I shot the implosion of the Kingdome in Seattle a few years ago. I used a Photosonics Actionmaster at 400fps, and an Arri 35-3 at 120fps. At 400fps it takes a vveerryy long time for the action to develop and it was way too much. The Arri 35-3 at 120fps was great. If I were to place a camera very close to, or in the action area, I might opt for a higher frame rate, but the full view of the building worked very well at 120fps.

Marty Oppenheimer
Seattle



>I've got to shoot a building imploding and wondered if anyone has had >any experience

I shot building implosion with Action Master at 200 frames and even that was to slow, Arri III at 100fps yielded better results. If you are close to the building - within two or three blocks, make sure that you are prepared to protect your gear.

Dust cloud will engulf you and your equipment.

Sincerely

Ben Butin
Cinematographer
Atlanta