Filmotechnic has renamed its car-mounted crane “U-CRANE”. Formerly called “Russian arms”, the cranes are actually produced in kyiv, Ukraine, and the company decided it was time to honor their country of origin and show their support against the ongoing war with the Russia.
Cranes are a mainstay of Hollywood action movies. Used in productions with fast-paced car chases, cranes have been essential equipment in films such as the “Fast and Furious” franchise, most Mission Impossible films and, of course, James Bond.
“The NEW OFFICIAL name of Filmotechnic’s world renowned system is now U-CRANE in honor of the country of origin and its heroic fight against Russian aggression,” Filmotechnic wrote in an Instagram post. “The gyrostabilized crane system was designed and built in Ukraine by Filmotechnic and will continue to be built in [Kyiv] for the coming years!”
Filmotechnic admitted that the current crisis has made production “difficult”, although they plan to continue manufacturing U-Cranes in Kyiv for as long as possible.
Filmotechnic employs around 250 people in kyiv, the currently under attack capital of Ukraine. Kevin Descheemaeker, the company’s US representative, said the system is no longer called “Russian Arm” to honor the company’s Ukrainian employees and Filmotechnic owner, Ukrainian engineer Anatoliy Kokush, who designed and won an Oscar for this machine.
“As a group, we view U-CRANE as a more respectful alternative,” a FIlmotechnic spokesperson said.