PC&E Acquires Bolt X, Technology Game-changer for Georgia’s Film Industry

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PC&E has announced the acquisition of the first and only high-speed, motion-controlled Bolt X cinebot east of the Rocky Mountains (WATCH VIDEO 1), and the first Bolt X on a track in North America (WATCH VIDEO 2). The addition of the Bolt X to its line of offerings brings new creative possibilities for directors to capture new and unique footage. PC&E is a full-service rental company providing top-of-the-line equipment, sound stages, plus sales and expendables to film, television and commercial productions.

The Bolt X, created by UK-based Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), is a portable motion control system. It can be set-up and ready to shoot in under an hour and is as equally effective on location as in a studio environment.

“As the film industry continues to grow in Georgia, we are making a major investment in the latest technology by adding the Bolt X to our equipment line. This is a true game-changer in the Georgia film industry for all of our clients on film, tv or commercial shoots,” said PC&E General Manager Mark Wofford. “In addition to the equipment, we are partnering with Nigel Rowe, who is one of the world’s leading technicians for motion control cinebots.”

Rowe, founder of Roundel-MC, has 25 years of production experience — 20 of those years have been specialized in motion control. Before starting Roundel-MC he worked at Turner Studios operating and maintaining the Milo. In addition, he has worked on many feature films shot in the greater-Atlanta area, including Marvel’s Antman. Rowe is also an accomplished VFX supervisor, photographer, director of photography and stereographer.

Wofford continued: “Georgia’s film industry has grown tremendously over the last decade, so this addition of the Bolt X to the PC&E family is going to further support the creative efforts happening with our partners not just in Georgia, but all around the Southeast.”

What Makes Bolt X Different?

Directors can move the Bolt X in and around their subjects with double the range of motion of a traditional camera, giving them the freedom to put it anywhere in the set. With a top speed of nearly 32 feet per second, the Bolt X can capture scenes from any angle to create immersive environments and put the viewer at the front and center of the action. If used on the track — as it is currently the only Bolt X on a track in North America — it offers even more flexibility (VIDEO).

“We’re delighted PC&E has chosen Bolt X on track to fulfill their motion control requirements,” MRMC’s Managing Director Assaff Rawner. “Precision, repeatability and consistency are essential for today‘s filmmakers and we look forward to seeing the creative possibilities they will unlock with their clients using the Bolt X high-speed rig.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity for Roundel-MC to partner with PC&E to bring the BoltX to the Atlanta market,” said Rondel-MC Founder Nigel Rowe. “I’ve been working with the great people at PC&E for just over 20 years, and in all that time they have shown great integrity, skill and dedication. I believe the addition of the BoltX to their excellent stages, camera, lighting and grip departments will create a turnkey solution for high-speed and high-end VFX shoots. And with PC&E’s generators and grip trucks, the BoltX can work on almost any location or studio. I am looking forward to continuing a journey that started, for me, in London in 1987, and will continue in Atlanta with PC&E and the expanding film production community.”

Bolt X is a Gamechanger for Georgia Productions

  • This next-generation Bolt X boasts a 10 foot-long reach that opens up a huge range of new shooting opportunities.
  • Long, sweeping camera movements and dynamic changes of camera height and position are made possible by up to 16.5 feet of vertical travel.
  • The Bolt X can move at a speed of nearly 32 feet per second, and rise to almost 16.5 feet.

 

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