Technocrane is the developer and manufacturer behind the Supertechno range of telescopic cranes, including a crane introduced in 2013 aimed at shoots using lightweight cameras, plus a remotely controlled dolly for CG shoots.
The company was founded by Horst Burbulla, who came up with the first telescopic camera crane while he was shooting what turned out to be his first and only film 20 years ago. He wanted a camera crane capable of getting the great shots he associated with classic movies. While his filmmaking career never took off the result was what became the first SuperTechno.
The company's range today comprises the Technocrane 15 and 22 and the SuperTechno 15, 22, 30, 50 and 100, all of which feature electronically driven levelling heads and are mounted on wheeled dollies. By contract the TechnoDolly, launched at IBC 2013, runs on a track and is designed specifically for capturing footage to be used in computer animated sequences. This is the first of a series for Technocrane and is engineered to create movements of unlimited length and complexity, which can be precisely repeated on subsequent takes.
Major films that feature scenes shot using Technocrane systems include Titanic, Pearl Harbor, The Matrix, the Spider-Man movies, Van Helsing and the Harry Potter series.
Burbulla received an Academy Award in 1999 for technical achievement in recognition of his invention of the first telescopic camera crane and an Academy Award of Merit in 2005 for the continuing development of the Technocrane range.