Miller Tripods provide a solution for Cinematographer Antonio Morais

When Sony unveiled the VENICE, its first full-frame cinema camera system, Cinematographer Antonio Morais couldn't wait to get his hands on it. Knowing his camera is only as good as its supporting platform, Morais once again turned to GTC sponsor Miller, through EACAMPOS, the official local dealer, to put the highly anticipated camera to the test for his work on the Portuguese film, A Sound in Motion. The film, fully shot in the city of Porto, is a fictional story based on the way deaf people adapt to everyday situations.

Morais, with Director Ricardo Teixeira, employed a Miller ArrowX7 system and Skyline 70 kit to shoot the film. Morais used the new Sony VENICE with a Fujinon HK zoom lens set, 14.5–45 and the 18–85 both T2, the Fujinon XK lightweight zoom 20–120 t3.5 and an Atomos Shogun Inferno coupled with the Atomos Sumo 19-inch monitor for Teixeira. The camera package was supported by the Arrow X7 with either the 2-stage carbon fibre Sprinter legs or on a hi-hat for speed. For more stable shots requiring a longer lens, Morais utilised the Skyline 70 with a heavy-duty 2-stage carbon fibre tripod.

"Miller's fluid heads are so smooth and let you execute better camera movements than other brands on the market," says Morais. "We were able to adapt the tripod by choosing multiple variations of the counterweights, which allowed us to be more versatile, and save time and money."

The Arrow X7 was Morais’ main tripod on set, used in all types of configurations, including on a hi-hat, doorway dolly and with Miller Sprinter tripod legs. The team was impressed with the fluidity of movement even when fully loaded. The Skyline 70 was another important part of Morais’ kit because of its ability to handle the weight of the fully-rigged VENICE, which exceeded 25kg. The tripod provided a stable platform guaranteeing smooth movement.

Morais appreciates Miller’s development of turnkey tripod solutions that can be utilised during hectic production schedules.

“I really like how Miller thinks through every detail of its products,” adds Morais. “I like its 16-position counterweight mechanism that allows you to use the same tripod fluid head with multiple camera packages. The quick reload plate lets you speed up the mounting of the camera on sticks, which is also an excellent feature. The Sprinter II and Solo systems allow you to be quick without limiting the multiple positions when setting up the camera, creating an all-in-one solution from Miller.”

Morais credits the functionality of the Miller tripods with ensuring the production was never delayed, but instead saving much needed time during filming. Whether Teixeira needed a stable shot static or in movement, Morais was able to achieve the shot by using one of the three tripod set ups. The Arrow X7 proved impressive when it almost surpassed the load limits of the head (25kg) yet it still remained stable, despite its lightweight design.

For more information, call +61 2 9439 6377 or visit www.millertripods.com.

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