Fries and iWERKS 8/70
Cameras Filming "Lost Kingdom"
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Lee Parker is top
right, wearing blue jacket. I'm lining up second camera in foreground.
For "Lost Kingdom" (1998, WESTMORLAND FILMS), we used
IWERKS 8/70 cameras.
The IWERKS was such a lovely camera. I ran the Fries 8/65 at 60 fps, and it
was a hell of a thing. I was convinced that if the pull-down mechanism went
wrong, the whole thing would explode out of the side of the camera and take
my head off!
There were many other people who shot 2nd unit as well as me. I think five
overall. I think about 90-120 seconds of my material made it into the final
film. One of the real heroes of the piece was 1st A/C Steve Smith. A
miraculous focus puller if there ever was one.
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About Grant Wakefield
Grant is a UK based cameraman, editor and director. He began his film career
working as a freelancer in various disciplines including focus puller,
gaffer and camera operator.
In 1994 I gained a place at the NORTHERN SCHOOL OF FILM AND TELEVISION where
I trained as a cinematographer and earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Film
Production. Immediately after graduation I attended the THIRD EUROPEAN
MASTERCLASS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY STUDENTS, held in Budapest, where I trained
under Billy Williams BSC and Vilmos Zsigmond ASC.
In 1998 I helmed 2nd Unit Cinematography for the UK’s first ever 8 perf.
70mm production "LOST KINGDOM". My enduring fascination with large
format has seen me attend eight IMAX film conferences worldwide, and 2009's
WIDESCREEN WEEKEND event at the Bradford International Film Festival where I
was invited to show two pieces.
Since 2007 I have since developed a specialisation in digital motion
controlled timelapse cinematography, including 4k compatibility with the new
planetarium 'FullDome' format, and have collaborated several times with
Danish director Lasse Hoile on promos and tour films for DREAM THEATRE,
OPETH and PORCUPINE TREE. I have experience in all disciplines of the camera
department, in all formats from 8mm to 70mm, from DV to HD. I have shot in
France, Russia, the US, Ireland, Egypt and all around the UK, and am a
Glidecam Pro and Canon 5D Mk2 + Zacuto system owner / operator.
in a break from shooting flocks of birds at 60fps on a 300mm, out of a van's
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