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Testimonials


05 January 2015

Des Whelan - Hydrascope Cranes Filming Fury

“I recently got to use the Hydrascope Crane on a Picture in London, I had up to this point always opted for the Technocrane. We used the 20ft, 32ft and the 43ft Hydrascope in the most demanding and challenging conditions. Because its waterproof it didn't need to be covered, a huge advantage in a British Winter. It has a much faster rack speed than the Technocrane and it’s also much quieter, which matters when it's near talking Actors. It also has a much smaller footprint and smaller base, which allow it to go on narrower track and get into tighter spaces. The centre column has a higher adjustment than the Technocrane and can be executed during the shot. The 42ft Crane is a fantastic tool, its much smaller footprint, its longer reach and faster rack speed make it more versatile than the 30ft Techno. It is also so much more practical than the much bigger 50ft Techno, given that its reach is only 4ft shorter and it can, with the post raised, get to 50ft in height. Our Camera was on the HydraScope Crane every day of shooting, it gave us great options and reliability in very difficult Locations and adverse weather conditions, and executed some very complicated shots with solid grace. It continued to impress me as each day passed , as we strapped it to speeding Tanks, tracked it across ploughed fields at speed, covered it in mud, soaked and vibrated it, sometimes all at the same time. Throughout all this abuse it always delivered, I don't believe that we could have done this picture without the HydraScope. I'm a great fan of the Telescopic Crane, for me it's been the most exciting idea in getting the camera moving in the last 20 years. The HydraScope is at the very centre of this great innovation.”

Des Whelan, ACO

05 January 2015

Hybrid IV Dolly on Mr Holmes

I used the H4 on the recent Mr Holmes shot by Tobias Schilessler. We were in very small sets and used the Hybrid 4 with the Stinger Arm. Because of the dollies compactness and load capacity it was ideal for getting compound moves in such tight spaces. The steering modes are a particular benefit as is the new floating arm which allows a very natural feel in camera.

Ed Lancaster