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Surviving War

The events of September 11, 2001 and the consequential War on Terror put many freelance and network cameramen onto a frontline that wasn't always clear.

Paul McGrath, freelance Australian videographer, was contracted by a major Japanese network to travel to Islamabad in Pakistan, with the potential risk of going with his crew across the border into Afghanistan. As it turned out, Paul chose not to venture over the border, though some of his team travelled in with an ill-fated convoy. As a result it was Paul's job to organise a mercy flight into Afghanistan to rescue the stranded reporter and production team. Paul's experiences as a stringer for Japanese television, has also sent him 45 metres underwater, exploring "pristine" Japanese wrecks, sunk by the Americans at the end of the Pacific War. He has also been to East Timor prior to independence, to report from the then "guerilla" camps. Throw in Beirut in the early 90's and you've got one experienced newsgatherer.

Paul McGrath

Paul McgrathFor all that time, Paul may have changed cameras and batteries, but he has stuck faithfully to his Miller fluid head and tripod. "The Miller tripod has been fantastic. It's traveled through every climate imaginable, been trackside in the dust at countless motor racing events, and has survived the worst that air cargo handlers can throw at it on more than 200 flights over 10 years." That was until Air Pakistan finally pushed a camera platform too hard. Although it didn't break, Paul was about to shoot his first interview with the two Taliban leaders who became household faces towards the end of 2001. "That's when I had my first chance to experience Miller's service support. My fiance in Australia contacted Miller in Sydney, and within a few days I was unbelievably signing a DHL docket to collect my new camera platform in Islamabad."

Paul spent 40 days in total shooting and sending footage of the Taliban leaders and the riots in Islamabad to a news-hungry world. He commented on the proliferation of Miller systems at the press conferences, with crews from USA, South America, Austalia and Europe carrying Arrow and DS systems. "After all that, the old platform hung in, but it has given the confidence to know if I can get Miller to help me out in Islamabad during such instability, then anything else should be a piece of cake. "