Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a preferred head for the Pursuit Crane?
A: Yes. It is the head your Director or DP feels most comfortable with. We have used all of the popular gyro stabilized heads in multiple configurations. Each head has its own design attributes which make it more or less well-suited for a particular project. And, since the Pursuit Crane has an unmatched payload capacity, we can accommodate some applications that would otherwise be very challenging (such as the Nettmann Stab-C set up for 3D).
Here is a partial list of equipment we have worked with:
· Service Visions – Scorpio head
· Nettman’s – Stab C and Stab C compact
· Chapman Leonard – G3
· Filmotechnic – flight head V and compact
· Libra Head – Pro Cam
If you have questions about a particular application, we’d be happy to discuss our experiences with you.
Q: Are the Pursuit Arm and the Russian Arm the same thing?
A: No. A little history will help. The first gyro stabilized remote arm was the AutoRobot arm designed in the former Soviet Union. Introduced in the US by Filmotechnic back in 1996, it acquired the name Russian Arm, which was later trademarked. The term “Russian Arm” is often used to refer to any remote arm – including the Ultimate Arm from Adventure Equipment and of course, our own Pursuit Arm. At first glance all of these arms have a general similarity, but the Pursuit Arm, introduced in 2006, takes full advantage of advances in the state of the art in the last ten years. We’d be happy to explain the details.
Q: How long does it take to set up?
A: The Pursuit arm comes to your location ready to go on our Porsche Cayenne or Mercedes AMG 65 camera cars. The remote head of your choice is already attached and the arm configured to your desired length. From rolling out of its custom trailer to shooting is normally just a matter of hanging the camera and cabling up – usually less than thirty minutes.
Q: What kind of space do we need for the truck and trailer?
A: The total length of the rig is 50 feet. You need another thirty feet of clearance behind for unloading. Clearance is 11’ 6”.