The History of King Camera
King Camera Services opened its doors in 1983 as a Rostrum
Camera service. Using an Oxberry Master Series Animation Camera
& Stand along with a Mark Roberts Motion Control computer system.
We provided our services to animation companies and film makers;
filming title sequences, special effects and credits, medical film
graphics and animation, commercials for television and cinema.
In 1987 we moved to our current location. The studio we occupy
now was purpose built to house tall rostrum camera columns. At present
it is home to all our digital equipment and a video rostrum camera.
Initially film work on 35mm, 16mm and Super16mm occupied all our
time. In 1990 with the purchase of a second rostrum we added a video
camera to our equipment. Video became an increasingly important
part of the business and at present dominates the camera side of
1995, the digital era began with the purchase of a QuickFrame Video
Disk Recorder for recording animation shoots and laying them off
1996 Our first SGI blue box, an Indy, found a home in the studio.
A Fujitsu scanner from Amblin Animation was added to the digital
pipeline. USAnimation System software was installed as the production
engine and we jumped fully into the digital production world.
Since then, in response to the success of our services, we have
added incrementally to our digital production capacity. On the rostrum
side we now have a Sony Digital Widescreen Camera for 16x9 FHA shoots
and a Sony DigiBeta VTR.
2006: We now rostrum shoot onto High-Definition tape using a SONY HDW-750P camerahead attached to our unique video lens adaptor that lets us use prime SLR photographic lenses from Nikon & Olympus.
2008: For High Definition rostrum we can now use the Panasonic DVC Pro HD tape cameras; HDX-900 & Varicam bodies.
For HDCAM tape we can use the SONY F900R, as well as the HDW-750P.
2009: Panasonic P2 & XDCAM High-Definition Cameras now available.
2011: Sony PMW-EX3 solid state HD shooting onto SxS cards + Nanoflash if required for higher bit-rate.
2012: DIT service added for image date management.
2013 to 2023: Soho, London studio closed & I continued to make rostrum shots for clients in Adobe After Effects from the Reading office.
Additionally I used a Nikon Z7 45MP Camera to image capture large artwork, newspapers, magazines etc., & for shooting animation artwork at up to 8K resolution.
Tom Wakeling, a Director working in London, has made an award winning short documentary about the last days of our Soho studio operation.
Film website - 'Rostrum Film'