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 Miller Camera Support LLC, 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 themselves to normal daily life situations.
Morais and Director Ricardo Teixeira employed a Miller ArrowX7 system and a 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 fiber Sprinter legs or on a hi- hat whenever in a hurry. For more stable shots that required a longer lenses, Morais utilized the Skyline 70 with a heavy duty 2 stage carbon fiber 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 way the movement was able to remain fluid even when fully loaded. The Skyline 70 was another important piece of Morais’ kit because of its ability to handle the weight of the fully rigged Sony Venice, which exceeded 25 kilos. The tripod provided a stable platform that guaranteed smooth movement.
Morais has an appreciation for Miller’s development of turnkey tripod solutions that can be utilized 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 the 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.”