You guys did a phenomenal job with the Helios. And Rob, as always, went above and beyond for us.

" Dan Kae—Assistant Production Supervisor

North Six has been working with King Kong for many years now.  Not only is their customer service unparalleled, but their fleet of motorhomes is always clean, reliable, and exactly what we need to support our photo productions.

" Kyd Kisvarday—Producer, North 6
Thanks again for helping out with our party. The restrooms worked out great and the service was awesome as usual!
" Steve Brazeel

Thank you so much for lovely Eko lav — definitely the nicest port-a-potty I’ve ever used!

" Amanda – Producer

The drivers were awesome to be with.  Hard working drivers!!   It really stands out when the drivers jump in to help set up base camp, and tear it down.  Not to mention always having a fresh green tea for me just when I needed it every time.  They really were great and I’d ask for them anytime we get vehicles from you. Thanks!

" Mary Brooks – 3 Star Productions

The Helios is a great motorhome. Not only is it energy efficient but it offers a large space for production to work in. The copy machine is great because you can wirelessly print and make color copies and send faxes. The satellite phones came in handy when we realized we didn’t have any cell service on location. We received several compliments throughout the shoot day. Crew walked into the motorhome in awe of such a beautiful space.

" Courtney Witherspoon-Production Coordinator Three One O

You guys are the BEST!

" Marie D’Amore—Production Supervisor, HSI
King Kong has the best equipment & drivers in the biz.
" Tom Baker – gangboss

I just wanted to send you a quick message and let you know how amazing Rich is. I have hired motos from all over and this was by far our best experience. Really nice to work with great people

" Crystal Raymond- Chinese Laundry

Rusty, Bruce and the guys at King Kong were a crucial asset to my photoshoot.  They took a lot of stress off of my plate and came through when I needed them, allowing me to focus 100% on the production.  Without a doubt, King Kong is now my go-to for production vehicles and I do not hesitate to recommend them to my colleagues.  And, not only is Rusty the best and most helpful driver I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is also awesome with a fog machine!

" Brett Spencer-Producer,

We truly enjoyed working from the Helios, the attention to detail to make it an Eco friendly asset to our industry should be commended. The quiet workspace you get when running on the solar power is delightful! Rob was pleasant to be around and always willing to help out. Thank you Rob and King Kong for bringing us the Helios!

" Rochelle Savory-Assistant Production Supervisor

King Kong… top notch service, incredible drivers, clean, well equipped vehicles, on time—every time! Thanks guys…. you ROCK!!!

" Elaine Lee—Producer 5th and Sunset Los Angeles

…the moho was super nice, everything was great! I will definitely rent it again!!

" Susan Borbely – Prod Coordinator

Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome customer service. Our driver was friendly and professional. He arrived early and had everything ready to go for us. The motorhome was clean and in perfect shape. Every detail matters on a shoot to help keep everything running smoothly. We love working with King Kong!

" Jamie Williams- That Girl Productions

I wanted to give Rich another glowing report, He was AMAZING on our shoot. The most helpful driver I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be requesting him on future shoots.

Thanks for everything guys!

" Adrienne Burton – Freelance Prod Coordinator

King Kong has great motorhomes and the best drivers in the business. Working with you guys is always easy and a pleasure.

" Cat Burkley-Portfolio One

We’ve used the Helios twice now and have been quite impressed each time.  It has everything production could want AND it’s earth friendly! We will use the Helios on every job in which we need a moho.

" Mario D’Amici—Production Coordinator, Beef Films

Lytro camera adds new features

NEW YORK — Precious few tech products are groundbreaking, no matter what the folks paid to hype them claim. But the Lytro digital camera that I reviewed when it started shipping earlier this year is indeed that rare breed, technology that epitomizes radical innovation.

Lytro is the shoot first/focus later digital camera based on”light field technology” research, the subject at which Lytro founder Ren Ng did his seminal Ph.D work at Stanford University. At the risk of overhyping things myself, the technology has the potential to reinvent photography itself.

That doesn’t quite happen yet, but using these odd-shaped cameras — they remind me of oversized containers of lipstick — enable you to capture so-called “living pictures,” images that let you choose which part is in focus, and which part blurry, even after the picture was taken. Though the first version of the camera has numerous drawbacks — tricky to learn, no flash, no video, no expandable storage — you can’t help but marvel at the technological hocus-pocus in play.

On Thursday, Lytro announced a free software update coming December 4 that expands the magic. You will now be able to interactively change the point of view in living pictures, again long after capturing them. This is true even of pictures you may have shot in the early days of the Lytro camera.

What this means is you can keep more of a picture in focus, along the way changing the way you think about what’s in the scene. Each digital file representing a living picture does have to be reprocessed through software, which can be slow.

But once you’ve done that, changing the perspective is as simple as dragging your mouse in any direction on top of the image, or, doing the same thing with your finger on an iPad. Even better, the people you share the images with at, on Facebook or Twitter, or on their own mobile devices can also experience this Perspective Shift feature as it’s called, without needing any special software.

Ng demonstrated the new feature to me ahead of today’s announcement. Changing the perspective in some images provides an effect that feels a bit like video, which is on the Lytro roadmaps.

The software upgrade also brings another new feature, nine Living Filters that let you dress up pictures in various ways. Through the Crayon filter, for example, you can add a touch of color to an otherwise monochrome picture. A Mosaic filter creates a tiled mosaic to the out-of-focus parts of a scene. Still another filter, dubbed 8-Track, adds a 1970-ish vignette-style to a picture, while Line Art transforms your picture into a grayscale outline.

To make all this happen, Lytro captures light in every direction and point in space, capturing a lot more data than a conventional digital camera takes in. Such a process once required a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer. Now it is all made possible in a camera you can stash in your coat pocket.

Lytro still has limitations. It may be able to change the focus, but it is no miracle worker when it comes to motion blur caused by a shaky shooter. Moreover, there’s still a learning curve to using these 7.55-ounce cameras, which come in different colors and start at a pricey $399 for 8-gigabyte versions that can take about 350 pictures, or $499 for 16GB or about 750 pictures.

STORY: Review of Lytros Light Field Camera

When Lytro first launched, a Mac was required, and Windows PCs were subsequently added. The company says there isn’t much of a wait for one now as there was when the camera was first made available. After only be sold initially at the company’s website, it is now available online from, and as well.

Even so, Lytro isn’t yet a mainstream sell. It’s not exactly a substitute for the camera in your phone, much less a digital SLR. But then it’s not really meant to be. Instead, it’s a fun, artistic — and dare I say — revolutionary companion to the other picture takers you own. And as Lytro is now proving, it can be made better through software.

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