Producer and director Mike Cunliffe brings an eclectic set of skills and knowledge to any project in which he is involved. His latest work, “The Plastic Project,” documents the negative effects plastic has on the environment on both a macro and micro level. Cunliffe turned to his Arrow 40 2-Stage Sprinter II Carbon Fibre System from Miller Camera Support Equipment to film “The Plastic Project.”
As someone who is already environmentally conscious, Cunliffe found himself naturally drawn to this production. “I filmed a couple of segments with Tim Nunn, the stills photographer who started the project,” he explains. “We found the most pristine, beautiful beach I think I’ve ever seen in the Lofoten Islands, which are located just inside the Arctic Circle in north Norway. On these beautiful beaches, we would just find plastic rubbish from pretty much any country in Europe, including the inland countries.”
Cunliffe needed a system that could support his entire setup for this project. He brought most of his equipment with him, including a Sony PXW-FS7, Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorder, Canon EF 100-400mm lens, mattebox and adapters. “The base of my setup is about 4 kg, and the last time I weighed the camera with everything, it was about 16.5 kg,” observes Cunliffe. “I find the counterweight of the Arrow 40 very good, particularly when you’re using long rods and a long lens. You’re putting an immense amount of pressure on the counterweight on your setup. I need a reliable system that’s going to work.”
Learn more at theplastic-project.com.
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