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Metro Camera Cars

NYC // Det // ATL

Motocrane Ultra Arm

Specs

Length: 12ft

Payload: 55lbs (Gimbal + Camera Package)

Unloaded Weight: 190lbs (370lbs max build weight)

Construction: 

  • Aluminum Alloy (6061 and 7075)

  • IP65 rated connectors and modules (water resistance)

Mounting Options: 

  • Speedrail from 1,1/4”-2” Hardmount

  • Suction & Ratchet Universal Mount

Performance: 

  • Vehicle Speed 100mph Skinny Front or Rear or 75mph+ Broadside to the wind

  • 1.0G Cornering/Acceleration Tolerance

  • 7 sec 360° Infinite Rotation with variable speed

  • Lens Heights from ~10” to ~12ft with variable speeds and adjustable limits

  • 3 Axis Dampening at the “nose“

  • -30° to 110° Operating Temperatures

  • Offroad Capability

Travel:

  • Flight Cases at/under 100lbs

  • Fixes to most vehicles with suitable roof or rigging

OPERATORS, GIMBALS AND REMOTES

Remote Head Operator

  • Qualified DPs and Ops can run their own camera or we can provide one of our experienced remote head operators.

  • We have ICG600 and Non-Union Operators available.  Bring your own 1st AC or we can hire a talented focus puller who does NOT get car sick.

  • Workshops available for “Remote Head Camera Operator Training.”  Please inquire if interested.

Arm Operator

  • Metro Camera Cars hires their trained Arm Operators with no exception.

Ronin 2 (Recommended)

  • Ronin 2 Remote in Cinemilled Caddy (Single Stick)  or A1 Alpha Wheels (Pan/Tilt, Roll on remote only)

  • 80mph with 30lbs Payload

Movi XL

  • Movi Remote (Single Stick) or A1 Alpha Wheels (Pan/Tilt, Roll on remote only)

  • 100mph with 50lbs Payload (XL weighs 25lbs which limits Camera Package to 30lbs)

Movi Pro

  • Movi Remote (Single Stick) or A1 Alpha Wheels (Pan/Tilt, Roll on remote only)

  • 55mph with 15lbs Payload

Tilta 3 Motor FIZ

  • Focus, Iris, Zoom Control

Monitor Mounts and On-board Recorder

  • Pix E7 Recorder for technical playback and front seat monitoring

  • Drivers side monitor

  • Operators 7” 2000nit daylight Monitor: remote mounted or 80/20 rack headrest mounted

  • AC/Director 7” SmallHD High Bright Monitor: 80/20 rack headrest mounted

  • Vaxis 500+ HD Wireless Video System: 1- Tx, 1- Rx

VEHICLES AND DRIVERS

Custom 2015 Honda FIT Camera Car

  • Matte Black anti-reflective wrap

  • Tires options for Comfort, Sport, Snow/Dirt

  • Performance Upgrades: Brakes, Suspension, ECU, etc.

  • Custom Speedrail (1,1/4”) Roof Rack bolted to the unibody

  • Eartech Open Comm System for coordination between technicians and drivers

Seating for 3-6 total occupants

  • 4 (Recommended): Driver, Arm Op, Cam Op, AC

  • 5-6 (best at low speeds): AC or Arm Op will occupy the trunk position

  • 3 (only recommended for ENG and Live Ops that will pull their own focus)

Drivers

  • Metro Camera Cars hires their trained Drivers with no exception

  • SAG Stunt Drivers and Non-Union Pro Drivers are all trained on the Arm Car

  • For Teamster Contracted Productions, a Trailer driven by Teamster is required

  • For Non Teamster Productions, the Arm Car travels to set with a support vehicle

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Motocrane Classic Arm

SPECS 

Length: 9ft  (6ft without extension)

Payload: 45lbs (Gimbal + Camera Package)

Unloaded Weight: 215lbs (310lbs max build weight)

Construction: 

  • Aluminum, Carbon, Steel Components

  • IP54 rated connectors and modules (water resistance)

Mounting Options: 

  • Speedrail from 1,1/4”-2” Hardmount

  • Suction & Ratchet Universal Mount

Performance: 

  • Vehicle Speed 80mph Skinny Front or Rear or 60mph+ Broadside to the wind

  • 1.0G Cornering/Acceleration Tolerance

  • 14 sec 360° Infinite Rotation with variable speed

  • Lens Heights from ~10” to ~10ft with variable speeds and adjustable limits

  • Custom Griptech adapted 3 Axis Dampening and Vibration Isolation at the “nose“

  • -30° to 120° Operating Temperatures

  • Not suited for Offroad Capability

Travel:

  • Flight Cases at/under 100lbs

  • Fixes to most vehicles with suitable roof or rigging

OPERATORS, GIMBALS AND REMOTES

Remote Head Operator

  • Qualified DPs and Ops can run their own camera or we can provide one of our experienced remote head operators.

  • We have ICG600 and Non-Union Operators available.  Bring your own 1st AC or we can hire a talented focus puller who does NOT get car sick.

  • Workshops available for “Remote Head Camera Operator Training.”  Please inquire if interested.

Arm Operator

  • Metro Camera Cars hires their trained Arm Operators with no exception.

Ronin 2 (Recommended)

  • Ronin 2 Remote in Cinemilled Caddy (Single Stick)  or A1 Alpha Wheels (Pan/Tilt, Roll on remote only)

  • 80mph with 30lbs Payload

Movi Pro

  • Movi Remote (Single Stick) or A1 Alpha Wheels (Pan/Tilt, Roll on remote only)

  • 55mph with 15lbs Payload

Tilta 3 Motor FIZ

  • Focus, Iris, Zoom Control

Monitor Mounts and On-board Recorder

  • Pix E7 Recorder for technical playback and front seat monitoring

  • Drivers side monitor

  • Operators 7” 2000nit daylight Monitor: remote mounted or 80/20 rack headrest mounted

  • AC/Director 7” SmallHD High Bright Monitor: 80/20 rack headrest mounted

  • Vaxis 500+ HD Wireless Video System: 1- Tx, 1- Rx

VEHICLES AND DRIVERS

Custom 2015 Honda FIT Camera Car

  • Matte Black anti-reflective wrap

  • Tires options for Comfort, Sport, Snow/Dirt

  • Performance Upgrades: Brakes, Suspension, ECU, etc.

  • Custom Speedrail (1,1/4”) Roof Rack bolted to the unibody

  • Eartech Open Comm System for coordination between technicians and drivers

Seating for 3-6 total occupants

  • 4 (Recommended): Driver, Arm Op, Cam Op, AC

  • 5-6 (best at low speeds): AC or Arm Op will occupy the trunk position

  • 3 (only recommended for ENG and Live Ops that will pull their own focus)

Drivers

  • Metro Camera Cars hires their trained Drivers with no exception

  • SAG Stunt Drivers and Non-Union Pro Drivers are all trained on the Arm Car

  • For Teamster Contracted Productions, a Trailer driven by Teamster is required

  • For Non Teamster Productions, the Arm Car travels to set with a support vehicle

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Griptech Dampener Arm

SPECS 

Length: 3ft

Positions:  

  • Front and Rear mode can be changed in 5 minutes or less with appropriate crew

  • Height adjustments typically take 2 minutes or less with appropriate crew

Payload: 

  • 30-60lbs with heavy duty springs (Gimbal + Camera Package)

  • 10-30lbs with lightweight springs (Gimbal + Camera Package)

Mounting Options: 

  • Speedrail from 1,1/4”-2” Hardmount

Performance: 

  • 22” Vertical Dampening Travel

  • Manually Adjustable Lens Height from ~2ft upwards.

  • 3 Axis Dampening and Vibration Isolator

  • Offroad Capability

Travel:

  • Arm: 45lbs w/ Flight Case

  • Nose: 25lbs w/ Pelican Case

  • Fixes to 1,1/4”-2” Speedrail

OPERATORS, GIMBALS AND REMOTES

Remote Head Operator

  • Qualified DPs and Ops can run their own camera or we can provide one of our experienced remote head operators.

  • We have ICG600 and Non-Union Operators available.  Bring your own 1st AC or we can hire a talented focus puller who does NOT get car sick.

  • Workshops available for “Remote Head Camera Operator Training.”  Please inquire if interested.

Arm Technician

  • Metro Camera Cars can hire a trained technician or an experienced grip can tech the dampener.

Ronin 2 (Recommended)

  • Ronin 2 Remote in Cinemilled Caddy (Single Stick)  or A1 Alpha Wheels (Pan/Tilt, Roll on remote only)

  • 80mph with 30lbs Payload

Movi Pro

  • Movi Remote (Single Stick) or A1 Alpha Wheels (Pan/Tilt, Roll on remote only)

  • 55mph with 15lbs Payload

Tilta 3 Motor FIZ

  • Focus, Iris, Zoom Control

Monitor Mounts and On-board Recorder

  • Pix E7 Recorder for technical playback and front seat monitoring

  • Drivers side monitor

  • Operators 7” 2000nit daylight Monitor: remote mounted or 80/20 rack headrest mounted

  • AC/Director 7” SmallHD High Bright Monitor: 80/20 rack headrest mounted

  • Vaxis 500+ HD Wireless Video System: 1- Tx, 1- Rx

VEHICLES AND DRIVERS

Custom 2015 Honda FIT Camera Car

  • Matte Black anti-reflective wrap

  • Tires options for Comfort, Sport, Snow/Dirt

  • Performance Upgrades: Brakes, Suspension, ECU, etc.

  • Custom Speedrail (1,1/4”) Roof Rack bolted to the unibody

  • Eartech Open Comm System for coordination between technicians and drivers

Seating for 2-6 total occupants

  • 3/4 (Recommended): Driver, Cam Op, AC + 1

  • 5/6 (best at low speeds): One person will utilize the trunk position

  • 2 (only recommended for ENG and Live Ops that will pull their own focus)

Drivers

  • Metro Camera Cars hires their trained Drivers with no exception

  • SAG Stunt Drivers and Non-Union Pro Drivers available

  • For Teamster Contracted Productions, a Trailer driven by Teamster is required

  • For Non Teamster Productions, the Camera Car travels to set with a support vehicle

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E - Trike (steadi trike)

SPECS

Construction and Components

  • Heavily customized and reinforced Worksman’s Chassis

  • 1000w Silent Front Wheel Drive Electric Motor w/ 48v LiPo Batteries

  • Rear Pedal Drive

  • Rear Disc Brake and Front V-Brake

  • Cheeseplate, Mitchel Mount, 2” Tow Hitch (takes 1,1/4” rail), 1,1/4” Speedrail Sleeves

  • Padded Boat Seat for Camera Operator

Speed and Size

  • Top Speed is ~10-12mph and dependent on weight of rider, technician, and equipment

  • Perfect tracking speeds for joggers, sprinters, and wheeled transpo (bikes, skateboards, etc)

  • 47” Width allows the Trike to fit through most doorways

  • Best results on flat road or flooring (no chassis suspension)

  • Not offroad capable, but the Trike will operate on a flat hard dirt surface (performance will vary)

Steadicam Operators

  • Hardmounts to speedrail with Garfield Mount (available upon request)

  • Soft or Hard Mounts in “Chariot“ Mode for smaller operators and/or higher angles

Gimbal Operators

  • Operator can be hardmounted with Dampener Arm and run head from Joystick seated on trike or remotely

  • Operator can be soft mounted with Ready Rig, Easy Rig, etc. while seated or in “Chariot“ mode

Riders and Technicians

  • Metro can hire a Trained Rider/Tech, including Stunt Riders, for Non IATSE Productions (recommended)

  • The production must send a crew member to be trained to ride and/or tech the rig prior to shoot date if they decline a Metro hired Rider/Tech

  • For IATSE Productions Metro will hire a trained technician to assist the Dolly Grip (or other rider) in maintaining, rigging, and riding the Trike (the tech will NOT be allowed to ride the trike during takes

  • Weight Distribution must be monitored by Tech and/or Rider to avoid tipping the rig

Accessories

  • 1/4”-20 and 3/8” Monitor mounting holes on the handle bar with Gold Mount battery plate

  • Steel or Aluminum Vertical pipe for center position hardmount and custom length Aluminum pipes everywhere needed

  • Footrest for operator

  • Walter Klassen Vehicle Mount aka Garfield Mount available upon request

  • Griptech Dampener and Ronin 2 Packages available for gimbal operating and mounting

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Driving Plate Rig / Hard Mount

Specs

Camera Setup

  • 1-9 Camera Plate Rigs: Forward, Backward, Reflection, Left/Right 90°, FrL/R 45°, RrL/R 45°

  • 4x C300mkii + 1x Fuji XT3(reflection angle) in-house option available Netflix Approved Specs: 4k 10bit Log

  • Lens Height is adjustable to mimic picture car perspective from sports cars to tall SUVs.

  • Can be used for Picture Car POV as well as Green Screen and “Enhanced Environment“ background replacement

  • We can join the shooting crew on set or travel remotely to work independently

VEHICLES AND DRIVERS

Custom 2015 Honda FIT Camera Car

  • Matte Black anti-reflective wrap

  • Tires options for Comfort, Sport, Snow/Dirt

  • Performance Upgrades: Brakes, Suspension, ECU, etc.

  • Custom Speedrail (1,1/4”) Roof Rack bolted to the unibody

Drivers

  • Metro Camera Cars hires their trained Drivers with no exception

  • SAG Stunt Drivers and Non-Union Pro Drivers available

  • For Teamster Contracted Productions, a Trailer driven by Teamster is required

  • For Non Teamster Productions, the Camera Car travels to set with a support vehicle

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Music Video for Lauv & Troye Sivan - i'm so tired... // Motocrane Arm Car with Arri SR3 // Cam Car Driver: Joe Bearese // Arm Op: Ari Moore // DP: Corey C. Waters // 1st AC: John Luke // Director: DAD // Stunt Coordinator: Drew Leary // Stunt Driver: Seth Bridges

Music Video for Stro - Waters // Motocrane Arm Car & Picture Car Mounted // Cam Car Driver: Joe Bearese // Arm Op: Ari Moore // DP: Ed Herrera // 1st AC: Marco Andre // Director: Charles Nordeen

Belstaff Pop-Up Shop @ Union Garage // Motocrane Arm Car // Cam Car Driver: Joe Bearese // Arm Op: Ari Moore // DP: Erik Dettle // 1st AC: Joe Lumbroso // Stunt Rider: Chelsea Carrey

E-Trike with Ronin2 // Rider: Ari Moore // DP: Joe Bearese // Choreo & Performance: Ashlé Dawson

Metro-Motocrane Reel mid 2019

Stunts

CONTACT US

 
 
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Joe Bearese

Owner

Camera Car Driver / Stunt Driver

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Ari Moore

Owner

Motocrane Op / Fabricator

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Dan Erbeck

Owner

Remote Head Op / Steadicam

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