Miller Camera Support Equipment recently attended the 43rd Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards for Cinematography to host a charitable raffle, from which all proceeds were donated to the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (MPIBS). The event marked the continuation of Miller’s 60th anniversary celebrations, awarding cinematographer and ACS member Peter Heap with a Miller LP ’54 Classic Tripod.
“Numerous ACS members have used, or still own, Miller tripods; in fact, many still own our original wooden tripods that were developed more than 30 years ago,” says Mark Clementson, Managing Director, Miller Camera Support Equipment. “We chose to host the charitable raffle at this event as a way of giving back and showing our appreciation to the many industry members who have supported us over the years.”
During the evening’s festivities, Clementson announced Heap as the winner of Miller’s charitable raffle. “I feel like I’ve won two prizes—the first was the chance to donate to the MPIBS and the second was to actually win the LP ’54,” Heap says. “I used to lug these tripods around as an assistant cameraman at The ABC, Australia’s public broadcaster. And now I have the luxury of owning one in pristine condition, and I don’t have to lug it anywhere. I can’t think of a better arrangement!”
Heap began his cinematography career in 1980 as an assistant cameraman at The ABC at the young age of 18. He was then assigned to the New York Bureau of Network Ten in 1986 before returning back to Sydney in 1994 to work as a freelance cameraman. Since then, Heap has worked as a cameraman on shows such as Beyond 2000 and Mythbusters. He is currently shooting re-creations for Deadly Women, which will air on the U.S. Investigation Discovery Channel in the near future.
The donations raised during the raffle will serve to help the MPIBS continue to provide both financial and emotional support to past and present industry members who are encountering difficult times. “Miller is honored to be able to support the MPIBS in its efforts, and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the raffle and donate to this incredible organization,” adds Clementson.
To conclude the eventful evening, and in keeping with Miller’s family-founded values, Clementson surprised his brother, Grant, former managing director at Miller, by gifting him a LP ’54 Classic Tripod of his own in recognition of his recent retirement. The gift served to further express Mark’s appreciation for Grant’s hard work and dedication that helped develop Miller into the successful, international company that it is today.