Aired by the BBC last night “Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time.”
John Gillan of JG Broadcast Jibs here on location in Pompeii, Italy for a BBC documentary that re-examines the impact of this ancient tradgedy.
The delicate relics of bodies were encased in glass caskets and impossible to take out to film close up in any detail. So a request for a shortened polecam pan / tilt head was given to the boys at Polecam who came up with a modified head that was short enough to reach inside and underneath the top glass to get detailed drifting shots over the bodies from a variety of angles.
‘I couldn’t see any other practical way of doing this type of shot. We were in and out of the busy location within 2 hours.’ says John