Sachtler Ace Takes to the Road Feature Doc About Generation Y

Publish date:

Shelton, Connecticut, December 13, 2013 --

Director David Applebee and cinematographer Colin Trenbeath covered 11 US cities in 30 days to capture interviews with some of today’s most inspiring innovators – thanks to a tight camera package which included both Sachtler’s Ace L and M. “We needed systems that would be both lightweight and extremely transportable, but also capable of supporting four different cameras (Canons and REDs), says Trenbeath.   “Sachtler has always made quality products in my opinion,” Trenbeath adds. “The Ace systems were exactly what I was looking for – two tripods that can handle anything from my minimal SLR rigs up to fully built C300 and RED studio rigs. The tripods were small and lightweight enough for vehicle transportation or on my back where I could sling my fully built camera over my shoulder and get to the action fast. The Ace L and Ace M constantly exceeded my expectations for such compact and lightweight systems.”   “Traveling with 600 pounds of gear in places like midtown NY is no joke,” says Applebee. “Three crew members and no private vehicle. Day one we impressed a local cab driver by fitting everything, including our three giant suitcases, into the back of his car. Given these tripods’ low profile and light weight we were able to smoothly maneuver through cross-town interviews without missing a beat.”   The mobility of the Ace line was a big factor for the team. “I can’t count how many times their size and form factor saved us time/money/and headaches when at the airport,” adds Trenbeath. “When collapsed, these systems are so small and compact, I was able to fit the L and M, six light stands, and a Kessler Cine Slider all inside one checkable golf bag. And, when we arrived at our locations, or were out on a quick day shoot, I could quite easily strap one of these to my backpack and hardly notice a difference in weight all day. The glass I was hauling weighed more than one of the tripods.”   The team’s interview schedule got quite hectic, with locations changing constantly. “Rental cars, cabbies, and subways,” says Trenbeath. “And, you can also wind up being on your feet a lot to get somewhere new. There’s never a good place to park and it takes a good amount of cunning to fit three people and equipment into transportation and relocate quickly. Looking back, and thinking about having to travel with anything heavier or larger, I don’t think we would have made our days without the Ace L and M and one extended bridge plate.”   Applebee and Trenbeath recently wrapped principle photography and just began postproduction on “The Limitless Generation” – a look at the movers and shakers of Generation Y, which distills the essence of the Millennial generation’s search for value and success (

). They plan on taking the film back to the 11 cities for private events and screenings in association with local organizations “that foster innovation among Millennials,” Applebee explains. It is their hope to take the project through the festival circuit in 2015. For more information visit

or contact: Sachtler, 16 Progress Drive, Shelton CT 06484, Phone: 1 203-929-1100, Fax: 203-925-2684, Email:



Vitec Production Solutions at the BSC Expo

As a BSC patron, Litepanels is pleased to be showcasing our award-winning lighting kits to attendees of the BSC Expo, alongside our highly-regarded sister brands OConnor and Anton/Bauer. The Expo is an important industry event for those in film and television, providing gaffers, cinematographers, producers, and more with a great opportunity to demo all of the latest gear and learn new production techniques. Our award-winning Gemini was developed thanks to the valuable feedback from world-leading DoPs — many of whom are part of the BSC — and we are proud to support BSC members whenever possible in their quest to create and capture exceptional content.


Yamaha UC Transforms the Meeting Experience at ISE 2019

Yamaha Unified Communications is ensuring customers hear every word in any meeting environment on stands 11-F120 and 11-G120 at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019, Feb. 5-8. Attendees will be able to experience Yamaha UC's lineup of purpose-built UC solutions that address the full range of collaboration use cases.


BenQ Launches Premium CinePro Series 4K UHD HDR Home Cinema Projectors

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced the availability of its HT8060 and HT9060 CinePro 4K UHD HDR home cinema projectors. Leveraging BenQ's CinematicColor technology and the latest DLP chipset, the new engines are the industry's first sub-$10K installation projectors to deliver true 4K high dynamic range (HDR) with authentic cinematic reproduction that makes viewers feel as if they've been transported to the cinema.


Just Add Power Ultra HD Over IP System Installed in New Boston Globe Headquarters

Just Add Power (J+P), a leader in Ultra HD over IP video distribution, announced that its scalable platform was successfully installed at the new headquarters for The Boston Globe. Commissioned to select a video distribution system that could drive and support the news organization's requirement for real-time access and switching of current video news, AV firm Maverick Integration installed J+P's cutting-edge, modular AV over IP system, allowing the organization to leverage its IP infrastructure to distribute HD video affordably to nearly 80 displays and 20 collaboration suites in the new facility.