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Pursuit Systems and Shelly Ward Expand Fleet with New Camera Car Equipment


HOLLYWOOD, October 31, 2012 | SHOOT Publicity Wire | Pursuit Systems, the camera car partner of car-prep company Shelly Ward Enterprises (SWE), has again expanded its fleet by adding new camera cars and equipment. A fourth Porsche Turbo Cayenne, a traditional insert car, and a new process trailer, along with various tow dollies, stage cranes, and other specialty equipment, will become available for rent in November 2012. In addition to the new equipment, Sam Jimenez, previous manager at Shotmaker, has joined Pursuit Systems in a similar position.

The new equipment advances Pursuit and SWE's joint mission to provide a one-stop-shop for the car and action filming needs of production crews. Led by Shelly Ward, Mike Johnson, and Mike Majesky, Pursuit combines a full line of cutting-edge camera car equipment and services with SWE's 35 years of experience in car prep and stunt driving. From a conveniently-located base in North Hollywood, the two companies offer 24-7 assistance with everything from pre-production planning of car scenes and car prep to stunt driving and camera car rigging.

SWE's car preparation services encompass everything from basic washing and waxing to complex brake and headlight rewiring, including paint and vehicle wraps, peel coats, and repairs. Also offered are custom designs and fabrication, mechanical effects, consultation on shooting locations and conditions, and vehicle transportation.

When renting camera car equipment, Pursuit enables experienced crews to maximize shooting flexibility while providing efficient, safe use of the largest selection of camera cars and related equipment in the industry. Pursuit's extensive fleet is led by high-speed Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes-AMG camera cars. These are joined by a full line of additional equipment, including the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, Mini Cooper, standard plate cars, B1 Camera Bike, off-road camera buggy, electric kart, gas camera kart, process trailers, and multiple open and enclosed vehicle transporters.

Pursuit's camera vehicles are complemented by state-of-the-art rigging such as the company's own innovative R1 Carbon Fiber Arms and Pursuit Cranes. Pursuit's designers are constantly experimenting with new ways to solve shooting problems, and have spent the past three years developing a new line of equipment to be announced in 2013.

Pursuit equipment is built at their in-house facilities, owned by the company, and operated by their team of experts, in conjunction with SWE's stunt experts, who have a stellar safety record stretching over three decades. This arrangement is designed to facilitate more efficient backup, operation, repairs, and on-set problem-solving and innovation. The end result translates into on-demand, reliable delivery of equipment and on-time completion of production. http://www.shootonline.com


Pursuit Fabs Rigs for BMW

Pursuit System’s Mike Majesky helped bring a unique new rigging idea to life for BMW and Icelandic directing duo The Snorri Brothers. The Snorri’s idea was that using gravity and acceleration as natural forces to move the camera, would create a more realistic idea of what it is like to drive the car. After consulting on the design with Majesky, key grip John Stabile and his team built the so called “Gravity Slider” at Pursuit’s North Hollywood shops over a three week period and tested it extensively prior to being deployed for the Bay Area shoot. Stabile and Pursuit’s Doug Csicsai rigged multiple configurations of the Slider on the new BMW 3 Series over the course of the week long shoot.


S.A.G. Awards 2011
Mike Majesky, along with his colleagues, Mike Johnson, Shelly Ward, Tom Erickson and Kenny Bates, picked up a prestigious Screen Actor’s Guild award nomination for their work in the Paramount Pictures/Michael Bay film “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”. We at Pursuit Systems and Shelly Ward Enterprises congratulate them on their nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture”.  Click here to check out the complete list of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.


OK GO Video
Pursuit Systems supplied the Polaris off road camera platform for this innovative video featuring a musical “obstacle course”. Our sister company, Shelly Ward Enterprises extensively modified a 2012 Chevy Sonic with numerous actuators controlled by the band members to actually “play” different instruments as the car drives the course.


“Now You See Me”
This Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freemen picture shot in multiple locations across the country. Pursuit dispatched its Baton Rouge based Porsche Cayenne and Pursuit Arm to New York and then back to New Orleans for the work east of the Mississippi. Check out our Credits page to see more pictures movies we’ve worked on.


LIGHTS, CAMERA...TRACTION!

The glossy cement-floored garage is serene and spotless, apart from the row of sinister vehicles lining one wall. Parked diagonally, all coated matte black, a Mini Cooper S, a Mitsubishi Evo, two Porsche Cayenne Turbos and a high, wide off-road behemoth rest menacingly. Each vehicle poised in a squat pounce-ready position, bristling with an aura of modification. It is clear that all are capable of breathing deeper and striking harder than their stock brethens. READ MORE…


Cadillac SRX Commercial
Pursuit supplied director Jeff Zwart with gear for his exciting new spot for the SRX. Shot on the Pikes Peak hillclimb route, Jeff made use of the R1 Carbon Fiber Arm for rig shots and the Pursuit Remote Arm and Porsche High Speed Camera Car to capture the performance footage he’s known for.



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