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#1 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:27 PM

Hey does any one know what camera was used for this music video from The Prodigy?
At first I was thinking minidv but its from the mid 90s I cant remember if mini dv caught on at that point?


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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 06:35 PM

It's most likely 35mm, and if so probably a 435. Most videos in the mid nineties were 35mm and 435.
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#3 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 02:06 PM

It's most likely 35mm, and if so probably a 435. Most videos in the mid nineties were 35mm and 435.


Not in Britain they weren't, unfortunately. This was almost certainly s16.
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#4 Marcus Joseph

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:36 AM

I just read the DP shot up heroin for the video.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:20 AM

I'll preface this by saying I never saw this music video, but of all the MVs to want to emulate, one for the "song" "Smack My Bitch Up?" Listen to the lyrics in the "Richard Cheese" version (the guy who does lounge music renditions of popular songs) to see what I mean. . .
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#6 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:45 AM

Whether or not you like the song, or it's lyrics, the fact is that this was an extremely well made and highly influential promo, which both suited the song perfectly and got people talking about the band. Pretty much a 10/10 as far as music videos go.
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#7 Edgar Dubrovskiy

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:05 PM

10/10 as far as music goes.
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#8 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 02:24 AM

Thanks for the replys

I was leaning toward super16mm if it wasnt shot on video
I wonder what kind of camera rig they would of used to mount the camera on a guys head
especially with a heavy s16mm camera?
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#9 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 05:28 AM

Not in Britain they weren't, unfortunately. This was almost certainly s16.

Fair enough. I worked with Jonas Ackerlund in the 90's with 35mm and kind of assumed that was his format of choice. There is certainly a good chance I'm wrong.
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#10 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:36 AM

Fair enough. I worked with Jonas Ackerlund in the 90's with 35mm and kind of assumed that was his format of choice. There is certainly a good chance I'm wrong.



35mm would have been used for the big acts of the time, but everyone else would have used s16mm. The Prodigy were/are a well known alternative act, but probably not big enough at the time for their promo budgets to stretch to 35mm. Also, the technical aspects of the body rig used in the video would suggest 16mm was used.
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#11 Oliver Christoph Kochs

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 03:59 PM

In November 1997 Jonas Ã…kerlund produced "Smack My ..." for the company OIL FACTORY which is still in business.Contact them! They probably know.
IMHO it was a electric 16mm Bolex with a 10mm and Aspheron or a 5,7 Tegea lens. Well at least this would have been my choice as of compactness for the body rig.
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#12 Peter Milanov

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 06:11 PM

Or contact Jonas Ã…kerlund at his company RAF at www.raf.se
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