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January's kit hire news

January's kit hire news
David Wood
07 January 2014

Televisual's monthly report on what the UK hire industry is buying, plus a snapshot of what the industry’s latest productions are using

Shooting Partners

Latest kit: Sony PMW-F5s, Sony BRC-H900 robotic pan and tilt cameras.

Hires: Shooting Partners supplied minirigs and Sony PMW-F5s at a number of locations around the UK on Studio Lambert’s Gogglebox, C4’s hit hidden camera series which shows what viewers really think of the week’s television.

The Sony BRC-H900 was used on the rigs recording to Sony XDCAM VTRs. One benefit of the BRC-H900 is its small size, which means it can be quickly rigged in tight spaces.


Latest kit: MoviM10, Defy G5 gimbal, IBE HDx35 B4 mount adapter used to fit HD zoom lenses onto Canon C300s and PL mount cameras.

Hires: VMI has hired Arri Alexas and Cooke s4i kit for a new c4 drama Flak.

Video Europe

Latest kit: 10 Sony HDC-2500s, two Alexa XT Plus, Angenieux Optimo 28-76mm lens, two Bright Tangerine Misfit matteboxes, six Canon XJ95 Box lenses, 12 Canon HJ22 IASE lenses.

Hires: Arri Alexa kit and Cooke S4i lenses on Bunny, a psychological thriller by Adam Awni.

Filmscape Media

Latest kit: Red Epic Dragon. Filmscape has added this 6K light carbon fibre model with 16.5 stops of dynamic range.

Shoot Blue

Latest kit: Arri Alexa XT Plus, Sony PMW-300.

Shoot Blue has invested in Arri Alexa XT Plus cameras with Codex/ArriRAW and SxS capture options. Shoot Blue’s ArriRAW kits include the Codex drive dual dock with SAS interface. Also in are Sony PMW-300s, Sony PVM 2541A 25” monitors, Denz PL Pentafinders, Tangent Wave control surfaces, Easyrigs and a set of vintage Lomo primes.

Shift 4

Latest kit: S4 TriCaster Studio, PMW-300, Optitek ProLock Mk II.

Hires: Shift 4 has supplied Sony PMW-500s and Canon XF305s on Cineflix’s Pet School and RDF’s Wheeler, Dealers and Del Boys, where it also hired 5Ds and GoPros). Other hires include ITV’s I Never Knew That About Britain (5Ds, C300s, GoPros, Sony HXR-MC1P minicams), Disney’s Goalmouth (Sony PMW-F5s, C300s) and Endemol’s Secret Eaters (XF305s, GoPros).

Arri Media

Latest kit: Alexa B+W, uncoated Arri/Zeiss Master Primes.

The Alexa B+W is a specialist black and white camera with no color filter array or OLPF (optical low pass filter), allowing more light through to the sensor and upping the base sensitivity to at least EI 1600.

Hires: Arri/Zeiss Master Primes
Arri’s uncoated lenses are currently at work with an Alexa Plus package on Fox’s upcoming retelling of Frankenstein. Arri Media is also supporting Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini with a four-camera kit consisting of Alexa Studio, M and Plus.

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