Shooting at BURNING MAN 2013

Each year, the Burning Man festival gathers thousands of people from around the world to celebrate art in its wildest forms in the ephemeral town of Black Rock City.

Last August, our team took part in the event for the shooting of an IMAX 3D feature documentary about the art and artists of Burning Man in the Nevada desert.

From Sand to Ashes is directed by director and stereographer Arnaud Paris, and produced by french production company Sysmic Films in co-production with Bmovie Italia.

The team arrived before the start of the festival to document the entire construction process: from the beginning when only a few camps were setting up their art installations, to the very end, after a crowd of 68,000 people left the grounds to head back towards the civilized world.

From heat to sandstorms and ever present dust hanging in the air surrounding us, the shooting conditions were extremely hard as we constantly needed to clean up the material from layers of Playa dust. We were also able to get some amazing aerial shots of the art pieces thanks to the Soulcam team, our long-time collaborators. The balloon was quite a success among the attendants and even got an award for outstanding achievement from the Burning Man organization! 

For the shooting, we used the following equipment:

  • 6 Red Epic Cameras
  • 1 O'Connor System 2065
  • 1 O'Connor System 120EX
  • 2 Atom 3D Rig Module
  • 1 Quasar 3D Rig Module
  • 1 Side by Side 3D slider
 For the timelapse units we used: 
  • 10 Canon 7D Cameras
  • 12 GoPro Hero3 Cameras
  •  6 eMotimo Motion Controlled Pan and Tilt Heads 
  •  3 Dynamic Perception railing system with MX2 controller

For more information about the film, check out the movie website:

and the movie Facebook Page:

And now... on to post-production! 


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