In a Place Productions, owned by filmmakers Salvador Lleo and Dominique Martinez, is the first company in the U.S. to purchase the latest technology from SuperTechno – the new Technocrane and the new Technocrane 12 unveiled this week at NAB.
Both cranes work with the Technohead, the ultimate head with noiseless direct drive motors for critical precision and zero back lash. With a maximum load of 40lbs., the new Technocrane is the perfect tool for a new generation of lightweight cameras. Featuring an easily removable telescopic arm, the new Technocrane is a light, steady and fast solution to shooting in tight spaces. From the fully retracted position of 9 feet, the crane fully extends to reach a total length of 27 feet.
Salvador Lleo, co-owner and head of production at In A Place Productions, was instrumental in motivating SuperTechno to develop the new Technocrane 12 and its leading-edge technology. In 2010, he and Martinez traveled to SuperTechno’s factories in the Czech Republic to meet with their engineers about the American production community’s growing need for a crane to shoot interiors. “I strongly believe that as cameras continue to get smaller and the need to shoot faster increases, filmmakers tools need to adapt,” explains Lleo. “That is why we worked closely with SuperTechno in developing the New Technocrane 12.” From its fullest retracted position of 6 feet, the Technocrane 12 extends to 12 feet.
“The response to this new technology from SuperTechno has been extremely positive at NAB this week, as it makes its international debut,” says Martinez, head of operations for In a Place Productions. “As the first company to have these models available for rent in the U.S., we are very excited to see the void in the market be filled. Since appearing at NAB, the cranes are already being booked on several high-level productions.”
New and customized accessories for both cranes will be available in May 2011.