The camera tripod from brands of the Vitec Group was used for the filming of a sports promotion video
Moment Pictures, a German production company, has deployed the flowtech100 camera tripod on its recent location shoot in the Canary Islands.
Entitled Chasing Trail, the project is a part of bicycle manufacturer Scott Sports’ promotion video series, and was shot on the remote mountain-biking trials of La Palma, Canary Islands, featuring rugged locations ranging from rainforests to lava fields. For this project, the crew used flowtech100 with an ARRI Alexa Mini mounted on a Sachtler 7+7 fluid head, and equipped with an assortment of Schneider Cine-Xenar III lenses, 200Wh batteries, wireless lens control, and monitoring.
Toni Tillmann, director of photography for Moment Pictures, explained: “On remote productions like Chasing Trail, we rely on a small and effective crew, which means the equipment must be lightweight, fast to deploy and durable, without compromising quality. That’s why the new flowtech100 was so valuable on this shoot — it was able to handle any type of terrain wherever we set up. With the precise and reliable Sachtler head, even a 15kg payload was at home on the tripod, and we had perfect torsional stability for precise long-lens pans.”
flowtech100 is a joint development from the Vitec Group’s Sachtler and Vinten, and is compatible with 100mm fluid heads while supporting a payload of up to 30kg. Like the flowtech75, the new flowtech100 is built with carbon-fibre tripod legs, with quick-release brakes located at the top of the tripod to allow legs to be deployed simultaneously and adjusted automatically to the ground’s surface.
In one example, the Chasing Trail crew needed to get a level shot while standing on the side of a steep mountain face, requiring the legs of the tripod adjacent to the mountain to be retracted and angled almost horizontally, while the downhill leg was fully extended. The crew was able to achieve the configuration by removing the mid-level spreader, which also allows the tripod to go as low as 26cm for ground-level shots.
“flowtech100 is a game changer,” Tillmann added. “We appreciate the initiative that has been taken to push the evolution of this classic piece of equipment. I was stoked to try flowtech100 in La Palma and can’t wait to bring it along on one of our next adventures.”