The acclaimed international news and documentary cinematographer, David Brill, never thought he’d get over the premature demise of his Miller wooden legs, bought in 1966, and the tragic victim of a revolving door amputation at the tender age of 17.
“We were rushing into the Rockefeller Centre to go upstairs for a top shot of the St Patricks Day March up
“As Andrew came through the revolving door I heard a clunk but didn’t think anymore of it until we got to the top of the building. I went to set up the CP16 camera and tripod and I realized the bottom half of one of the legs was missing. It got chopped off in the revolving door. It broke my heart. I bought another tripod, but it was never the same.”
David’s passion for new gathering began in
But the legend isn’t over just yet. David has just returned from
“I am now working with MiniDV cameras and at last I have again found the perfect Miller tripod. It mightn’t have wooden legs but that’s progress and it’s a beautiful instrument to use in some of the most difficult places to film in the world.”
“The great thing I’ve noticed about the SOLO is the three leg angle positions. The really low angle is terrific. Now you don’t have to carry baby legs as well. This is a tremendous advantage for me as I like steady low angle shots.”
David also commented on the neoprene leg protector, which he says “is nice to feel in very cold climates and protects the tripod legs from getting damaged in transit.”
David is shooting with the Miller SOLO 10 75mm ball leveling system that combines the SOLO DV tripod and the Miller DS10 true fluid drag head, with selectable payload counterbalance and quick release sliding plate.
David continues, “The Miller SOLO tripod is also beautiful to hold and set up. And very easy, particularly with the simple ring locks – compared to bits of plastic clamps hanging out, which can snap if you are in a rush.”
The SBS Dateline shoot in
“My new lightweight MiniDV camera and the lightweight tripod have made life a lot easier in terms of weight and speed for international news gathering."