The story behind the scene…
LIFT minicrane hire where contacted with a very peculiar enquiry by a film production company working on the latest series of the ITV Law & Order UK.
The initial description was that a crane, or lifting device will be needed to lift an old Triumph Dolomite from the river bed, in a remote location beneath one of the City’s many motorway carriageways. There was a restriction on the access to the location that must be considered – a pedestrian footbridge with a 3t limit….
The car itself will weigh no more than a tonne, with all of it’s mechanical elements removed from beneath the bonnet, this will keep the weight down to a minimum.
After a site survey, the job description changed somewhat.
The crane able to lift the weight comfortably would have had to have been a 506 at the very minimum – with the reach over the water’s edge having to be a few metres to look convincing. The 506 spider crane weigh’s in excess of the 3t payload of the footbridge?
With this to consider, the best way forward was to utilise a smaller spider crane to lift off the removable sections of the 506, track and transport the different elements over the footbridge and re-assemble at the other side.
The boom, legs and various other parts can easily be removed from the UNIC minicranes – this is part of the unique design of this range of minicranes.
We then rigged up the crane at the waterfront at the correct distance away from the water’s edge to allow for the tide, and weight dissipation of the front two outrigger’s of the crane. This meant we were a little too far back to lift the car from the water – bearing in mind the car would practically double in weight when wet. In preparation for this – we decided along with the special effects team, that we would simulate the car coming out of the water, simply by hosing the car down moments before the scene was shot.
We did a practice run, and then the final take – the car came up and round nice and controlled. The car was set down and the detectives approached the rusty old car when summoned by another officer. The attention was then focused on the contents of the boot.
As it turned out, the body of a police officer from years before were still inside the car – which itself opened up a whole new line of enquiry, and so the program began.
The film crew and production team dashed off to the next location to film the next scene, while our operator, supervisor and fitters remained behind to reverse the assembly operation of the crane, and transport it back to our depot.
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