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AERIAL WORK PLATFORM BECOMES NEW CINEMA TOOL

Major film studios have discovered a new tool to aid in a number of production tasks and filming: the JLG Lift® aerial work platform.

One of the first applications of this hydraulic personnel lift came during the construction of the 40-foot model of King Kong for the Paramount/Dino De Laurentiis production of the same name. When the various pieces of the large model were being assembled in California, workers on the platform were able to get up to and around the sides of the great ape to complete necessary connections and touch-up tasks.

More recently, the production crew on Universal's "THE WIZ" put a JLG Lift Model 60F (66-foot working height) to work at New York City locations. According to Walter Way, "the lift suited our needs excellently" for camera work, fastening props, electrical cold work and a number of other high-reach needs. Universal reviewed several different options for completing work at three locations and determined that the JLG product fit their specifications best. "The lift operated smoothly, and it saved money because our crew members could operate it easily," says Way.

The production crew rented the lift for over two months for tasks at the World Trade Center, the World's Fair and on Eighth Avenue ("Poppy Alley" in the film). Supplier was Furnival Machinery Company of Carlstadt, New Jersey.

One of the major reasons for this equipment's applicability to the motion picture industry is its maneuverability. All movements of a JLG Lift are controlled from the work platform by one person-travel forward or backward, movement up and down, telescope in or out, and rotate 360 degrees continuously in either direction.

A wide variety of JLG lift models is manufactured by JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.

Photo courtesy of Dino Di Laurentiis Corp.

ARRI 35BL SERVO ZOOM MOTOR

A 12V/DC servo zoom drive motor, available as part of the 35BL production camera system, was announced by Arriflex Corporation, Elmsford, N.Y. The drive offers the ultimate in perfectly controlled smooth zoom movements and mounts on the 35BL Bridge Plate accessory.

Various geared rings are supplied for either the 25-250 Angenieux and the 25-250 Cooke Cine Varitol, or the 20-120 Angenieux and 20-100 Cooke Varitol.

The control for the servo motor is in the form of a grip with a mounting adapter which can be attached to the camera or to the tripod handle. Zoom speeds are variable over a ratio of 480 to 1 (approximately 1 second to 8 minutes). The grip's upper cone-shaped section has a thumb recess which rotates to control zoom-in, zoom-out and zoom speed. The servo system senses variations in mechanical load and electrical power and compensates automatically. Thus, zoom speeds are perfectly controlled and deliberate changes in speed are accomplished smoothly, in exact and instant response to control setting.

A separate control on the grip preestablishes maximum zoom speed. With it, the operator can pre-determine the fastest speed needed for the zoom and concentrate on the smooth, "feathering" of the effect. The 35BL Servo Zoom Drive Motor operates from 12V/DC supplies, which may be the camera battery pack or a separate supply.

The Arri Servo Zoom Drive and accessories are available from authorized Arriflex Dealers under Cat. # 311-650 thru 311-654. Prices range from approximately $2100.00. …

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