Technocrane is a telescopic crane that is used in the film industry and in television production, currently manufactured and designed in the Czech Republic. There are many different sizes available, from 15 ft to 100 ft. The camera is mounted on the remote head on the end of the crane and is moved by a camera operator at a control desk. The Technocrane can telescope at different speeds controlled by the operator. It allows camera moves that cannot be achieved using a jib arm and dolly, and the telescoping can be used to compensate for the camera moving in an arc.
Horst Burbulla, Gyula Mester and Keith Edwards won Academy Awards in 2005 for inventing and developing the Technocrane, and it was also honored by the Society of Camera Operators of America in 2001. It was originally built in London by Technovision Ltd., and was introduced into Hollywood by Simon Jayes. Productions that have used the Technocrane or the later Super-Technocrane include Titanic, the Harry Potter films, the Lord of the Rings films, and all the James Bond films of the late 1990s and 2000s, among many others.
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