When two volcano enthusiasts, filmmaker Geoff Mackley and photographer Bradley Ambrose, decided to shoot a documentary deep in the crater of Ambrym, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, they brought along the lightweight, durable Miller Air Carbon Fibre System.
“The crater’s rim sits about 400 meters above the most active lava lake in the world,” says Ambrose. “Shooting inside the Marum crater was a mission in itself. In order to set up the shot we desired, we had to abseil halfway down the crater, so keeping our equipment on the lighter side was a necessity. With the Air strapped underneath me, I was able to easily descend and shoot footage that may have been unattainable if I had been using larger and heavier broadcast equipment.”
Miller Air Tripod System at the Ambrym volcano.
To Ambrose, the main benefits of working with the Air are that it is compact, lightweight, and maintains its fluidity in even the most extreme climates and situations. “The tripod is so sturdy that it even survived a volcanic eruption,” Ambrose says. “When we shot in Indonesia, the Dukono volcano erupted while Geoff was on summit. When he returned to camp the next day, both he and the Air were completely covered in ash. Despite the wear, the Air perfectly retained its fluid movement, and the legs contracted and expanded with ease. Not many tripods could survive such harsh conditions and still function properly the next day.”