Wednesday June 23 – the doors stayed open late at the Miller Camera Support factory in Artarmon, Sydney for an evening of innovations and insight, giving SMPTE members the inside story on 50 years of Miller tripods and fluid heads.
About 22 SMPTE members were taken on a guided tour of Miller’ manufacturing facility, from product conception, designing with the latest in 3D CAD software, through to prototyping, machining and component production and assembly.
As usual, the members were surprised to find that Miller machines, powder coats and assembles its entire fluid head range right here in Artarmon, with die-casting and injection molding supplied locally in Sydney. The majority of tripod components are also sourced in Australia, while 100% of all assembly and quality control are performed in Sydney.
Refreshments followed in the Miller Boardroom where members had the opportunity to preview some of the photos and equipment from the Miller History collection, many which have been donated back to Miller to help celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2004.
History Co-Ordinator Heidi Tobin explains the significance of Miller’s 50th celebration," Miller’s history really tracks the history of Australian film and television right back to the 1946 when Miller registered the first patent for fluid head design for cameras.
"Before the introduction of the fluid head system in 1946, camera operator's needed bulky and expensive gear driven assemblies. The fluid head revolutionised film-making by giving operators the freedom to shoot more creatively, and reduced production costs of film that previously ended up on the cutting room floor.
In keeping with the SMPTE theme, Heidi also highlighted the 17 year association that Miller has maintained with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in Australia and in the United States, where we remain a solid corporate member.