Northwest Camera Support has introduced its range of motion picture camera platforms in the Northwest region. By providing the Supertechnocrane from Panavision Remote Systems and the Glidecam Gold system, producers, directors and cinematographers filming in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho have a local alternative to boost production values, while saving time and money.
The Northwest region has been a growing market for producing on-location feature films, television shows, as well as numerous commercials. In 2010, 12 feature films and four television shows were filmed in Portland and the surrounding area. With no other telescopic cranes in the region, having the Supertechnocrane and other gear in the area is beneficial to local film and television productions because they don’t have to pay transportation costs from other markets, as well as dealing with local vendors, which is beneficial to producers from a tax incentive perspective.
“We recognized that it was cost prohibitive for filmmakers in the Northwest to import these specialized tools from Vancouver, B.C. or as far away as Los Angeles, California. From our base in Portland, we wanted to help directors and cinematographers tell their stories with Panavision’s quality equipment, and at the same time help producers save money by taking advantage of the various states’ tax incentives,” explained Bryan Fletchall, president of Northwest Camera Support. “Both Panavision Remote Systems and I are confident that our equipment will quickly be put to solid creative use in all four states.”
In the coming months, the company plans to expand its operation when it launches a new time-lapse motion control rig currently under development.