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Why it’s Grease Lightening …… Sorry I got a bit lost in the moment then, took me back to my theatrical days!! Well this post is Hydromatic, well to be precise it’s Hydro Power ‘matic. Vivid were commissioned by Spaans Babcock to produce a video. This would be used to demonstrate the advantages of using a Hydro Screw generator. The video would use both film and 3D animation. Spaans Babcock are the leading manufacturer and installer of these generators, so we knew this was a company we wanted to work with.

What is a Archimedean Screw Generator?

For those unfamiliar with a Hydro Power Generator or Archimedean Screw Generator, basically it’s a large corkscrew that is installed along a river, and is an extremely environmentally friendly method of generating power.

Spaans Babcock Hydro Screw Generator, Austria

Filming in Austria

The first location to film was in Austria, we were to capture footage for the main video as well as produce a separate case study video. As usual I missed out on the glamorous location, actually I was on holiday but all the same Austria would have been a nice place to go for the 4 days. The filming went well, good build up shots and an interview with the site owner was just what we needed. I’m told Glen and Tom relaxed after a hard days filming with a few pints of Puntigamer Bier, sounds perfect!

3D Animation Production by Vivid

So we had all the interview and footage we needed produce the video side of the film. We had already been creating the 3D animation section for the middle of the film, taking Spaans IGES files and re-modelling in our 3D software. The final video was produced in English, German and French and has been used by Spaans Babcock at various trade shows and exhibitions.

Trip to Alhampton

The second location was at Alhampton in Somerset. I went down to shoot this section of the film. It was a beautiful day and a equally beautiful location. I no longer felt let down for not going to Austria. This was an installation on private residence, on a River running through the property. I got all the footage I needed, and more of the actual installation. I waited a while for David the owner of the property to film the interview. Now a lot of people that are not used to speaking to camera can become a little ‘wooden’ or freeze. I have to say David was superb, a real gentleman with great articulation. Brilliant.

Have a look at the Alhampton Case Study video.

Final Thoughts

It was a great experience working for a prestigious company like Spaans Babcock. We really happy with the videos that we produced. If you would like to find out more about our product or animation video service, please click on Vivid’s product demonstration video page¬†or animation video production page. If you want to speak to a member of the Vivid team, please visit our contact page.