As useful as the pedestal mounting is for everyday productions, there will always be situations where you need even greater flexibility. When you are shooting a dance sequence, a rock group, a drama production, or an orchestra for example, you often want:
• Greatly increased camera heights – positioning the camera some 10 ft. (3 m) or more above the action.
• Rapid vertical movements – which allow the camera to rise quickly and soar over the action; or to swoop down from a height; or to move in from a high distant viewpoint to join the performers.
Sideways movements – in which the camera gently repositions its viewpoint; or dramatically sweeps across as the action develops.
The camera cranes originally developed for film production ...