While working on a big outdoor film shoot we noticed that a lot of time and effort was being spent while changing the camera position. Each time they wanted to shoot a different scene or get a new angle, they would have to build a scaffolding to position the camera. When they were finished with one shot, they had to derig the camera and move it to another platform in a new position. A big waste of time and money!
That’s when we began thinking about a better solution. We designed a special attachment for a mobile crane telehandler that would be able to support a camera with operator. Cameras can weigh more than 2 tons, and the platform itself would weight about a ton, so we needed a powerful telehandler to carry it. Luckily we had just taken ownership of the Magni 5.30, which can carry up to 5 tons – the perfect machine for the job!
Since we’ve been working with the platform we haven’t seen film crews building scaffolding for cameras anymore – they just get us to bring the Magni and our camera platform. As you can see from the photo below, the platform can also carry a Supertechno camera crane, giving incredible flexibility and freedom of movement.
Not just for cameras
We’ve also enjoyed discovering other uses for our platform, such as:
- lifting bulky loads such as furniture
- providing a platform for workers to access bridges and other hard-to-reach places
- acting as a platform for stunts and extreme sports
- providing sky rides at festivals or ‘dinner in the sky’ experiences
The platform can reach up to 30 m high with a load of 500 kg or 16 m straight forward with the same load. As far as we know, it’s the only platform of its kind in the Western Cape with so many uses and able to meet so many challenges.
Read about the many ways mobile cranes are used on film shoots.
If you’ve got a job for our versatile platform, give us a call and let’s get the work done!
Liftup Teleporter – telehandler and mobile crane hire in Cape Town and surrounds.