Grip and Cranes

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The Louma, the first remote-controlled crane head in the history of cinema

Just as the Cinémathèque française is honoring Jean-Marie Lavalou, François Reumont, in this article, updates the terms he used to trace the Louma’s history in his Grip’s Guide to Filming (Guide Machinerie de la prise de vues), published in 2004 by Editions Dujarric (preface by Jean-Marie Lavalou and Alain Masseron). The text is followed by an interview published in 2005 in Le Technicien du film following the Academy Award of Merit given in Los Angeles, by a more personal contribution by the author, and by the aforementioned preface.

Two new camera supports at Cartoni France

In May at Cartoni France, the announcement of two new camera supports : the C3 VacuMount system and the new stabilizing arm Idea Vision Hybris’s Shock Absorber.

Cartoni France "Stabilizer Event" 2018

Cartoni France co-hosts with Planning Camera the annual "Stabilizer Event", Saturday 13th of October at Little Big Grand Studio in Aubervilliers.

ACS France: Shooting in the nature

Since the end of last year, we have made several shootings in the fauna and flora for two French Directors’ next documentary... Hedgehogs, blackbirds, wolfs, ponies... So wildlife shootings!

ACS France on movies released in August and September

The teams of ACS France realised aerial shots on one movie released in August and two in September: SMS, by Gabriel Julien-Laferrière, Métamorphoses, by Christophe Honoré, and The Hundred-Foot Journey, by Lasse Hallström.

ACS France on the shooting of "Jupiter Ascending"

Having shot with John Toll, ASC, and the Wachowskis on Cloud Atlas, it was a pleasure to be asked to shoot on Jupiter Ascending. ACS France provided the complete aerial shooting solution in Iceland and recently in Bilbao including helicopter, Aerial DOP, Film Pilot, crew and low level flying permissions. All the logistics involved in getting that perfect shot.

ACS France on the shooting of "Supercondriaque"

A great team for Supercondriaque, Dany Boon’s latest movie, photographed by Romain Winding, AFC. Our team worked at night in Paris streets during Christmas time, and in Budapest also at night time in order to follow car pursuits with the Ultimate Arm and with Jean Baptiste Jay as a camera operator.

ACS France on Ironman France Nice

A beautiful project with Nils Tavernier photographed by Laurent Machuel, AFC. We worked within the Nord Ouest camera team (7 cameras to cover the event) for the Ironman competition in Nice.

ACS - and the art of cloud-flirting...

ACS France has just moved into new premises a few hundred metres from the old address – we’re still in Buc, a town that was once a hotbed of aviation and aerobatics – and now Louis Blériot has his own Airpark.

Mountain shots for ACS France

Some specials memories of the filming... Touching and exciting! With the mountain theme as the color changes of November were beginning. It was a wonderful opportunity to work on two great projects where the action took place in the mountains. ACS France conducted its aerial shots in the Maurienne Valley and Mont-Blanc for two feature films which are currently showing at this time.