Basiliscus Film is a Berlin based film production. As a full-service company, we develop and produce industrial and corporate films, web videos and TV reports.

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Thursday, 04 November 2021

Corporate film for a Berlin-based surveying and software company

ARC-Greenlab offers modern software solutions and consulting services with a focus on surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), forestry and the environment, and Building Information Modelling (BIM)

When the surveying service provider ARC-Greenlab approached us with the wish to have an corporate film produced, we had no idea how extensive the company's portfolio was and how many exciting areas of work it included. But it quickly became clear that there are the surveyors in the "field", i.e. those who use total stations, laser scanners and drones to record survey data and measure buildings, roads, building land, farmland and forests. They make this data available to the software developers, data engineers, CAD, GIS and BIM specialists in the office. They evaluate the data, process it further and create 3D models, plans and maps for the customers. The different fields of work are closely interlinked.

We were commissioned to produce a three-minute corporate film, which ARC-Greenlab wanted to present on a digital trade fair to show the extensive range of services they offer. For this, our camera team filmed one day in the offices at the company headquarters in Berlin-Treptow and another on a current construction site. We also went to other surveying sites because we wanted to see the different surveying tools in use.

The client decided to work with actors and actresses instead of the company's employees to portray the various activities. This meant that we had to explain to our actors in detail all the fields of activity on the highly complex surveying equipment and the operation of the in-house software. We were supported by a very committed team of ARC-Greenlab employees, who were also very patient (we had a lot of questions). And not only the actors and actresses, but also the director and the cameraman needed appropriate instruction in the work processes, because at the end we had to judge whether the actions on the construction site and the operation of the technical equipment were carried out correctly. For both sides, these were two very eventful and learning-intensive days on the subject of surveying.

The clients come from the construction industry, telecommunication companies, traffic and transport and from federal, state and local authorities

On the second day of filming, our camera team filmed on a real construction site, the extension of the A100 in Berlin-Neukoelln. Here the laser scanner and the total station were used and the surveying specialists from ARC-Greenlab accompanied our filming. The actors and actresses learned how to operate the technical equipment, but also how large a survey mark should be.

ARC-Greenlab offers two software solutions which their engineers developed. One, gl-survey, is mainly used by users from engineering, cadastral and railway surveying. To show this software in the film, we used the processed digital survey data that was created on the A100 construction site. The second proprietary software is called gl-forest. This is used in forestry, hunting and environmental management. To illustrate the possible uses of this software platform, we filmed in the Königsheide in Berlin. Very impressive pictures were taken here, as we used our drone to observe ARC-Greenlab's surveying drone collecting survey data.

All shooting for the corporate film with the new Sony FX6

Shortly before, after an unusually long waiting period, the new Sony FX6 had finally arrived at our office. So we decided to shoot the entire project with the new camera and put it through its paces. We used the two new Sony fixed focal lengths SEL FE 50mm/f2.5 G and the SEL FE 24mm/f2.8 G as lenses. We were also supported by the PZ 28-135 mm F4 G OSS from Sony, which we use for some time, but which scored really well here on the FX6 full-frame camcorder.

Thanks to the FX6's variable ND filter, we were able to make good use of the advantages of a shallow depth of field with fast fixed focal lengths, even though the sharpness increased considerably as soon as the aperture was stopped down a little. I found the face and eye autofocus to be quickly irritated and to leave the face and eyes briefly every now and then. Fortunately, there were no interviews in this film where we would have relied on the automatic focus tracking of an unmanned second or third camera. But perhaps there are still some things to learn and observe in the settings of the focus menu in the camera, for which there is time now, after our shooting.

Excerpt from the ARC Greenlab corporate film on the subject of surveying
Drone footage of the A100 construction site corporate video
Film excerpt corporate video ARC-Greenlab gl-forrest
Corporate film Surveyor's Office Film Equipment Sony FX6
Published in Corporate Film
Thursday, 01 April 2021

Corporate film about the manufacturing process of medical technology

The Berlin based aap Implantate AG develops and produces medical products for traumatology

aap Implantate AG is an internationally active company based in Berlin that deals with the development and production of medical devices, especially in the field of traumatology. Here at the Berlin site, anatomical plating systems and a variety of different cannulated screws with the highest quality requirements are manufactured.

Implants for German and international healthcare

aap's products are sold internationally and made directly available to the healthcare sector in Germany. aap Implantate AG regularly offered guided tours in the production facilities in Berlin Tempelhof to interested customers. But since the COVID19 pandemic, this has not been possible. The medical technology company asked us to produce a corporate film. It is intended to be used to tour the workshops of aap virtually and on the screen.

The development process of medical devices in the focus of our filming production

For the shooting of the corporate film, our camera team spent a day in the various departments of the production site and documented the production of the plating systems and the cannulated screws. The process of creating the plating systems is particularly impressive. The starting material is a meter-long titanium rod, which is cut to length in the first step and from which the perforated plates are then extracted. Further steps are concerned with the optimal quality improvement through polishing, measuring, cleaning and disinfection. At the end of the process is the sterile packaging of medical devices.
Titan Raw material medical technology

Starting material: The titanium rods cut to length

corporate film medical technology aap Implantate AG

The result: the smallest and the largest perforated plate for traumatology

Filming and post-production always hand in hand

Instead of an off-text, spoken by a professional speaker, the customer decided to have animated panels. They describe the complex production processes as well as the machines and materials used. These panels, whose place in the finished film had not yet been determined, always had to be considered in the carding of the film shots and were a small challenge for our cameraman in some production departments.

⬇︎ Video stills with examples of the boards for the corporate film medical technology ⬇︎

medical technology Instruments set aap
Quality control Cannulated Screws medical technology
Quality control Surveying Platingsystem Implantate
Packing Platingsystem aap

Focusing on the high quality criteria by recording macros in our studio

Although the implants are made of titanium, they are incredibly fine and soft, their weight is extremely low. This is an important topic for aap and so we decided to make this extraordinary quality visible. In our studio we therefore stage a selection of different products of the aap Implantate AG. Here our Nikon Z6 with a macro lens and an external Atoms Ninja V recorder was used, which is small and flexible. So we were able to realize very unusual settings.

With these shots we start the film. Thus, it is possible for the spectators to see right at the beginning which products are produced during the tour through the production halls. Because in the corporate film it takes some time before the finished product is seen. Also at the end of the video, products from aap are shown. Here it is mainly tools manufactured by aap that serve the optimal insertion of the implants into the body of the patients inside.

Published in Corporate Film
Wednesday, 26 September 2012

TV film production: Leuchtturm 1917 Notebooks

The Leuchtturm Verlag stationery publishers in Geesthacht is swimming against the stream: It specializes in paper notebooks - in the digital era - and continues to invest in its machinery. The company is a word leader in stamp albums. In 2006 it began producing exclusive notebooks and is now expanding this part of its business.

Published in TV Program
Wednesday, 26 September 2012

German playgrounds - Export hits

TV production about a special German export hit

German playgrounds are in international demand. They're well-made but innovative. The Berliner Seilfabrik company manufactures climbing frames and play equipment. Ulrich Paulig in Berlin is also specialized in wooden playground equipment. The company's products are developed by teams of designers, sports scientists and joiners.

Published in TV Program
Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Woman Behind the Warsteiner Beer Brand: Catherina Cramer

Catharina Cramer assumed a challenging inheritance. In 2006 she became a managing partner of the Warsteiner brewery, which is owned by her family, at the side of her father Albert Cramer. She is soon to take the helm on her own. MADE IN GERMANY accompanies the 33-year-old at work, and discovers how she implements her objectives in the male domain that is the beer industry.

Published in TV Program
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