Arri 435 RemoteAquaCam
The 435 RAC (RemoteAquaCam) was engineered primarily for use with remote heads on cranes for at sea or wet stage work. Field testing has also proven the 435 RAC to be as useful for handheld filming under the water or floating on the surface. Designed around a standard Arriflex 435, custom SL Cine 400′ magazines and Preston remote focus and iris controls, this low profile camera system can be easily fitted with Cooke, Panavision or Zeiss spherical and anamorphic lenses. Some small lightweight zoom lenses can also be used. Both flat and dome ports are available as well as a variety of port extension rings to accommodate the different lenses. Water drops are cleared from the front port by an air-powered rain deflector.
Utilizing the Arriflex IVS (Internal Video System), the 435 RemoteAquaCam provides 100% video for remote viewing. Because of size constraints in the housing you can only use the ARRI 435 IVS B7W NTSC module combined with ARRI 435 100% video module is the only way to get video to the surface. In the hand-held mode a HydroFlex 6.4″ color monitor allows the operator to set the frame while the camera assistant rolls camera, and pulls focus, iris and zoom from above water from as far as 100′ away. All RCU functions can be controlled using a custom cable to the surface.
Fully loaded, the system weighs 70lbs. out of the water and is depth rated to 100′.
Arri 435 RemoteAquaCam + HydroHead
The 435 RAC and HydroHead combination on location in Orlando, Florida. Mounted on a Chapman crane lashed to a pontoon boat, a fish’s POV swimming through the reeds and catching a lure was easily done.
Photo Credit: Scott Howell
HydroHead mounted to a Lenny Arm for the Davidoff “Cool Water” commercial shot at Falls Lake, Universal Studios.
Photo Credit: Eric Traml
The 435 Remote AquaCam and HydroHead are mounted on a Chapman/Leonard “Lenny Plus” crane and allowed the camera to go to the bottom of a 15-foot deep tank.