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Polecam - The Mother Of Invention

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UK DOP / Polecam owner operator John Gillan recently had to think on his feet, following the loss of one of his Polecam flight cases on a flight to cover the Azores leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition.

While on his way to the small island where it would take place, 1,000 miles from the nearest city and two days away from shooting the event, Mr Gillan had the news broken to him. What was missing was the complete set of lightweight carbon fibre interlocking poles that make up the boom of the Polecam.
"With no chance of getting a replacement jib of any kind, we thought 'can we build one then?'" he said.
"Well we could, or should I say the two Red Bull riggers could. With their skill and ingenuity they cobbled together a wooden jib arm, 15ft long, using left-over pieces of timber from the just-rigged diving platform. I was then able to cable tie, nail and screw my camera, hot head, cables, monitor, batteries and operating controls to the boom. Thank God those bits arrived! Hats off to them for helping me get the shots!
"I had 2 different cameras with me, a Toshiba HD1 and a Camera Corps HD mini zoom. I decided to use the Camera Corps camera as this had the zoom lens which would help amplify the limited movement I had with the jib."
Steffan Hewitt, Polecam's designer and a director of the company, said: "Those old sayings that necessity is the mother of invention and where there's a will there's a way both well apply here. John Gillan could so easily have said 'oh well, I'll go back to the hotel and have a few days off in the sunshine then', but he tackled the problem head-on, along with the Red Bull riggers, and against all the odds John got the shots for his client, and I am proud of them and what they achieved."


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