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That's the Way the Coaster Bounces

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Bob Whearley, Long Beach Press Telegram 16 Feb 58, Prepared for in70mm.com by Brian Guckian, Dublin, IrelandDate: 15.11.2015
Camera eye freezes thrill of roller coaster. The loops and dips-of the Cyclone Racer course at the Nu-Pike loom menacingly in the distance as a car carrying a camera crew from Panavision Inc. Hurtles down the first big incline. The motion picture crew came to the Long Beach amusement park last week to shoot action footage with their wide-screen process, which also is being used for filming of "Ben Hur" in Italy.—(photo by Bob Shumway.)

I've just had seven rides in a roller coaster, and it didn't affect me a bit. But if you think us newspaper guys got it bad, you should see what these movie cameramen have to go through. A crew from Panavision Inc. mounted $25.000 worth of camera gear on a Cyclone Racer car at the Nu-Pike last week. They were shooting some spectacular action footage to show to potential buyers of the 65-mm. wide-screen process. The cameramen, headed by John R. Moore, executive vice president of Panavision, then climbed aboard the cars and spent an entire afternoon hanging on for dear life.

THE MOVIE BUSINESS never had so many ups and downs in a single day. As workmen put the finishing touches on the mount for the giant camera and its lens, Moore and Robert E. Gottschalk, president of Panavision, told how the filming process was used.

"Flexibility is the big point," said Moore. "You can make three film strips from Panavision footage, and do away with need for the three separate cameras used in Cinerama. Or, if you want, you can make 35mm prints. "'Raintree County’, for example, was filmed in Panavision, but they were in a hurry to get it out so they released it in 35mm." The film, "Ben Hur," now in production in Italy, also is being shot with the Panavision lens.

UPCOMING IS ANOTHER full-length movie which will be shot on location in Hawaii. The film, tentatively titled "Owyhee," is based on the book "The Magnificent Matriarch" by Kathleen Mellen. Frank Nugent, who did the screenplays for "Mr. Roberts" and "The Searchers," is writing the script. The camera car was ready. Moore and cameraman Meredith Nicholson climbed into the car behind it, and the train started to creep down the first incline. An Independent, Press-Telegram photographer and reporter tagged along in the rear car, to record the action. Rounding the first curve, the cars started clanking up the big incline. The cameramen made their final light meter checks, and the reporter fought down an impulse to jump out — then, that is.

At the top of the incline, the cars seemed to hesitate for a minute, then — zoom! DOWN DROPPED THE TRAIN at an 80 mph clip, rocking like crazy. "Great action pictures!” shouted the photographers. Round and round and up, then down, went the coaster, as the battery-powered camera kept grinding off footage. "DON'T STAND UP," the signs alongside the track. What a waste of paint! Finally, it was over — only to start all over again. At the end of the seventh trip, the I. P.-T. team took its leave despite an invitation to remain. "You could get to like this,” said Nicholson, settling down in his seat for another fast go-round. It is to laugh.
More in 70mm reading:

The Importance of Panavision

Super Panavision 70
Ultra Panavision 70

Ultra Panavision 70 Lens

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"The Motion Picture Projectionist"

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