Today, TechnoCrane derivatives are available from several different manufacturers, SuperTechno, MovieBird, Scorpio among others, and come in many different sizes and various specifications, from 10 feet (3.0 m) to 100 feet (30 m).
The camera is mounted on the remote head on the end of the crane and is remote controlled by a camera operator at a control desk. The ocrane can telescope at variable speeds on demand. It allows camera moves that cannot be achieved using a jib arm crane and camera dolly, and the telescoping can be used to compensate for the camera moving in an arc called "arc compensation".
Originally commissioned, manufactured, named and marketed by Technovision Ltd. in London, United Kingdom, the first TechnoCrane was exhibited by Technovision during Photokina Expo in Cologne, Germany in September 1986.
Ite was first introduced to Hollywood in the late 1980s by one of the first Technovision trained crane technicians, Simon Jayes.
In 1999, the Society of Camera Operators (S.O.C.) presented their technical achievement award to Technovision, Gyula Mester and Keith Edwards for the "First Telescopic Camera Crane" and for their significant contributions to the Art, Craft and Safety of the Camera Operator.
In 2005, at the 77th annual ceremony the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards to Horst Burbulla, Gyula Mester and Keith Edwards for the invention and development of the Technocrane.
Productions that have used the Technocrane or the later SuperTechnocrane 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.
Technocrane used during the filming of X-Men: First Class (2011)
Technocrane used during the filming of Ghost Protocol
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