InCinematographer - Issue 1 - June 2017 - 40
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Miller Compass 25
Location: Twoand-a-half million
acres of Outback
Co-owner of Venture Films, Gavin Rawlings, a firm believer in
selecting the right gear, uses Miller's Compass 25 tripod system
for extreme travel show...
avin Rawlings, Director of Photography and
Co-Owner of Venture Films, uses Miller Camera
Support Equipment to produce off-road travel
programs, most recently season two of LowRange, an
Australian-based reality program that follows a team
of adventurers as they explore the nearly two-and-ahalf-million acres of the Australian outback.
In filming his outback adventures, Rawlings relies
on the Miller Compass 25 Solo 100 three-stage
Carbon Fibre System to support his Sony PMWF55
CineAlta 4K PMW Series HD Camcorder and a Sony
PXWX70 XDCAM XAVC HD422 hand-held camcorder.
LowRange, which was previously broadcast on
Australia's Seven Network for season one, is shot in
some extreme conditions including rugged mountain
ranges, arid deserts, exposed plains, vast gorges and
the little-known tropical and monsoonal climates
"I'm pretty tough on my tripods...
so being able to maintain them
in the field is important,"
Gavin Rawlings, Venture Films
of the northern Outback territory. In total, the
Outback provides an ecologically-rich abundance of
environments featuring unique wildlife for each host
"The Compass 25 head in my opinion is the
perfect companion for this environment and for my
Sony PMWF55," says Rawlings. "Complementing
the Sony F55 with all the various drag settings and
counterbalancing options of the Compass 25 head,
I'm able to get the smooth and seamless shots I need.
The fluid head really helps me with panning shots
zoomed right in. I'm able to track the vehicles very
smoothly by adjusting the drag speeds in the fluid
Since 2008, Rawlings has only trusted Miller
tripods to hold up to the challenges of any ecosystem
he encounters. He is especially fond of the Solo legs
that support the Compass 25.
"I swear by the Solo legs," says Rawlings. "A lot of
my work takes me through so many different types
of terrain: deserts, snow, mountains, tropics etc. The
fact that I can snap and lock the solo legs at different
types of angles so easily is extremely helpful. It
allows me to achieve the shot that I want no matter
where I'm positioned."
Overall, Rawlings is impressed with the reliability
of Miller equipment, which continuously keeps up
with him. "I'm pretty tough on my tripods," confesses
Rawlings. "They're sometimes submerged in water,
set up in mud, blasted by dust, etc. so being able to
maintain them in the field is important. For instance,
when the Solo legs start getting a bit jammed up
from all the mud and dust, I can easily take the legs
apart to clean them. This is very helpful for remote
Carbon Fiber Tripod
he Compass 25 Solo 100 three-stage
Carbon Fibre System features a
payload range of between 4kg and 14kg
and weighs only 6.6kg, allowing for
run-and-gun operation under
It has 5+0 selectable
positions of drag, a
sliding Euro plate,
a height range of
383mm to 2033mm and spiked
rubber feet for stabilization.
The Compass 25 also features four selectable
positions of counterbalance, a calliper disc
brake system and illuminated bubble
Gavin Rawlings has worked on
similar off-road shows such as The
Offroad Adventure Show, Pat Callinan's
4x4 and 4WD Action.
To learn more about Rawlings and his
latest adventures with Venture Films, visit:
Compass 25 Solo 100 stood the test
DoP Gavin Rawlings preps for a shoot