Freepour Promo Film Shoot (Part 1)

You’ve never seen a film shoot quite like this. Want to go behind the scenes? Feel free…

This class grants you fascinating fly-on-the-wall access to a professional filmmaking set, providing you with tips, ideas and inspiration to improve your own videography.

You’ll join Karl as he follows renowned liquids photographer and videographer Barry Makariou on the set of a shoot for the Freepour bartending app. Barry’s brief is to capture captivating slo-mo footage of expert bartenders pouring drinks. To do so, he uses powerful robotic equipment, as well as a fascinating array of lights, modifiers and props.

Freepour’s Sean Ware talks Karl through the goals of the shoot. Rammy Anwar, founder and visual engineer at G6Moco, demonstrates some of the world’s most powerful filming tools.

As Barry builds his set and prepares for the shoot, he explains his role and workflow, including storyboarding, staging, lighting, and the use of a translight.

Once everything is ready and the bartenders arrive, it’s time to start filming. Barry and the team work tirelessly to capture all the footage they need, tweaking frame rates and MoCo settings until the results are perfect.

In this class:

  • Filmmaking tools and techniques
  • Equipment for filmmaking
  • Lighting techniques for videography
  • Super slow-motion videography
  • Motion control robots for filmmaking
  • Using and lighting a translight

To see Barry discuss how he approached this shoot, watch Directing the Freepour Promo: Interview With Barry Makariou.

If you enjoy this class, check out Video Camera Stabilisation and Real Estate Filmmaking.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. 2007 to 2014 as a Tooling Engineer with Boeing in Washington I worked with Research and Development much with robotics. The precision is amazing accurate. Objective was automation that could literally operate 24/7 with only one mechanic. Surprised to see robots used for commercial photography but I guess that shows how much I don’t know… : (. I’m curious a bit to use my camera at my local club and attempt a video of my bartender friend….should be fun if anything.
    Thanks Karl, very interesting video.

  2. I don’t understand English. I saw in the introduction that there are multiple language versions of the alphabet, but in fact only English subtitles are displayed. I don’t know if it is my operation problem or because other versions are not online yet.

    1. Hi, the other languages have not been added yet for this course as it is a new course, they will be added soon.

  3. Remig

    Mesmerising content.. and beautifully filmed and edited! A real pleasure to watch, thank you Karl and the VE team 🙂

  4. Gary Stasiuk

    Very cool.. I’m curious, using the first pour sequence with the female bartender as an example, how many times did the bartender repeat the pour overall? How many times roughing the motion in? How many getting the focus locked in? And once the motion and focus were set, how many times did she repeat it when capturing the final pour? And roughly, how long timewise did the entire sequence take to capture that first pour?

    If you get a chance, it would be cool if like your other classes, could you itemize (on the side) things like camera (phantom), lens, etc.. that were used for the sequence. It looked like Barry brought a whole load of extra equipment to that studio beyond what was included in the location. Plus the robot was brought in.. how many different resource agencies were brought together for this shoot?

    1. Hi Gary, it required about 6 pours to figure out the motion for the robot and then key in the focus points. Then a few more tests and then about 6 final pours for actual final footage and selecting the best one. Once all the main lighting was in place as well as the set each sequence took about 2 hours maybe 3 hours as we were completing about 4 of these in one day. We will try and update the equipment lists as soon as possible but more detailed analysis of the equipment will also be covered in later classes. The lights, phantom and robot were all rented in.

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