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How Crane Hire Can Benefit Filming Techniques

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The Evolution Of Filming Techniques

Looking back into the evolution of cinematic history, the focus on getting the optimum shots and perfect pictures have come a long way since the very first crane was used in the history of film. We are going to explore the past and the progression of how cranes have helped develop and establish filming techniques, and how this industry continues to grow with the help and breakthrough of evolving technology.

The very first crane for cinematic production was introduced back in 1916. This was the beginning of film directors visions being made into a literal matter in a visual and realistic measure. The purpose of the first

cranes being introduced into film was to create direction through open space and film to be shot from key angles. The end goal of this being to create suspense, and an atmospheric setting to the viewer.

Progression Of The Crane

Following through to the early 1920’s the adaptation of the crane had since expanded to aid filming techniques in the visual production of the motion picture. The cranes used were towering and weighed over 28 tons. Carrying both the camera and crane operator. It wasn’t until the 1950s when crane development had progressed any further. Leonard Chapman, a founder, inventor and businessman had advanced ideas of crane technology. He had developed a crane that could manoeuvre independently, sustained by gasoline engines which enabled them to move freely to the location. This was a breakthrough in the progress of motion picture and this helped benefit filming techniques as this no longer meant that cranes were restricted to a confined stage space- they could now travel methodically with the production and shot wherever.

Following on from this initial development of filming techniques, the film industry has evolved massively, as has the technology and equipment used. Crane hire is still extensive and has been involved in producing huge movies over the past decade. It is essential for filmmakers to keep producing and elaborating their work. With this, the need for crane hire to help expand the director’s ideas is a crucial component within a film. The development of cameras and different cranes have resulted in lighter, more efficient and cost-effective cranes that NMT Film & TV Crane Hire have available to offer to our customers.

Constant need

There is now a large variety in the type of crane needed for a film- accustomed to your every need. Some of the different cranes we offer here at NMT Film & TV Crane Hire consist mostly of mobile and jib arm cranes, these differ in size and are most effective when shooting for films. Although there has been so 


much progress with camera and camera drones, since the birth of Hollywood film productions, the need for crane hire to help filming techniques have not died down. The requirement of cranes has catered a continued history in film production, benefitting filming techniques and continuing to do so.


If you are interested in hiring out one of our cranes for a film or TV production, please give us a call today on 01753-785351 or fill in an enquiry online form and we will get back to you regarding any questions.

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Promoting Crane Safety – NMT Crane Hire

Promoting Crane Safety- NMT Crane Hire

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First Impressions

Before hiring out a crane for a construction project, the first thing you will need to consider is crane safety. The versatility of options can be confusing and intimidating to new beginners, and it is important you understand and that you are equipped for the work ahead.

Health and safety is the most important regulation within crane safety when considering hiring a crane. Preventing hazards in crane hire is what NMT as a company strive for and a policy we take seriously. The laws around crane operations declare that all lifting operations must be thoroughly planned by a qualified and competent person; carried out in a safe manner and supervised throughout the operation.

Common Accidents

The most common cranes used for construction workers tend to be ‘mobile’ and ‘tower’ cranes. They are both used broadly, not just in our company but everywhere in the UK. The two most common accidents in crane hire tend to be the following elementary hazards; falling of the load and collapsing of the crane.

Both accidents can result in major injury, or death in some cases, and should not be taken lightly. Other common cases have involved the collision of cranes and people being impacted by moving loads. It is a requirement that you should be preventing hazards in crane hire and practising crane safety at all costs before carrying out any work.

The planning that goes behind any crane hire operation is essential and will help map out the rest of the job. This includes on-site prep and will need to state possible risks identified.

Key components to consider

As a broad overview, preventing hazards in crane hire will demand the following before being carried out; Planning and prep; selection of work equipment; safe and trusting arrangements; supervision and examination- Following these steps will ensure hazards are prevented and you can safely undertake to hire a crane efficiently and effectively.


Why not speak to one of our experts today at NMT Crane Hire to receive some professional advice to guide you in the right direction. We are on hand and available to answer any questions you may have. Fill in one of our enquiry forms, or call 0800 026 6985 today for more information.