Friday, December 9, 2016

William Sargent - Inventor Extraordinaire!

Here's a recent photo of William Sargent sitting behind his awesome PT Cruiser Convertible (click to enlarge). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the father-inventor of the versatile Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly. Soon we will be hearing about William's days living in LA. 

More to come friends! Including the SUPER RARE film presentation of the Mini-Crab Dolly that William and his partner, Robert Kelljchian, filmed with William's Bolex H-16. This was to show attendees at the SMPTE show in Los Angeles, just how easy it was to unpack and use the Mini-Crab. This film was shown on a constant-loop projector at the show. 

This will be uploaded to YouTube, soon!  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Birthday William Sargent!

Monday, November 28th is William Sargent's Birthday! All of us would like to extend heartfelt birthday wishes to the consummate actor, voice-over artist, inventor of the Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly and friend to many...a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Happy Birthday William!!!!

Love, the Zaryk's and the readers of the Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly blogsite!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Welcome to the Sarkell Society and the Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly Site!

Greetings! Adam and I like to welcome you to our site regarding the ever so versatile Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly. The Mini-Crab Dolly was ingeniously designed by veteran film and TV actor, William Sargent. There's more on both William Sargent and the Mini-Crab Dolly within this site. Please be sure to hit the 'Older Posts' tab near the bottom of each page to see more posts. If you're an owner of a Mini-Crab, we'd like to invite you to register your dolly with us, as we will be soon be posting the member page. You can email Adam and I directly at 

Here's an original sales brochure that was sent to me from Berkey-Colortran in the early 70's about the sleek and nearly portable Mini-Crab Dolly. This brochure was my first introduction to the Mini-Crab. It was told to me by the inventor of the Mini-Crab, William Sargent, that the gentleman peering from behind the above Arriflex is filmmaker, Chris Roberts. Chris was the son of actor Pernell Roberts of Bonanza fame. Click on either image to enlarge. We hope to become a resource to you and welcome your experience using the Mini-Crab. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are currently selling a Mini-Crab. 

 We look forward to talking with you and we again welcome you to the world of the Mini-Crab Dolly and the Sarkell Society - Sincerely, Adam and Greg Zaryk                                               

The specifications of the Mini-Crab Dolly. We hope to hear from you and thank you for visiting!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Moviola Crab Dolly

Hitch and his crew using the Moviola at Universal Studios. No, the guy in the background isn't texting! I believe that's camera operator, Irving Rosenberg. The guy leaning in talking with Hitch, is Hitch's favorite cinematographer, Robert Burks. Click on any image to enlarge.
Moviola's dimensions are 34" x 64" which is considerably larger than the Mini-Crab. The Moviola weighs in at 530 lbs. It has a maximum reach of 60" and a minimum of 22". Sargent's Mini-Crab tips the scales at 293 lbs., and measures in at 26 3/4" x 39", with a maximum height of 56" and a minimum of 28".  In comparison, one of the best features of the Mini-Crab is that it can be completely transported by two people and in it's own carrying case!
Another shot of the Moviola on set laden down with a BNC and Mary Tyler Moore spinning the Worral Gear Head. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sarkell welcomes Nicky Milo and Mini-Crab #114

Recently, we received the message below from Nicky Milo, a new member of our society. Nicky is pictured behind the camera in the above images. Welcome Nicky! The updated Sarkell Society list will be posted soon. If anyone can help Nicky in getting his Mini-Crab refurbished on the west-coast, that would be much appreciated! Nicky's email address is furnished below.

Hello SarKell Society!!

I am the proud owner of a Colortran dolly, serial number 114.  
(Nicky Milo, San Diego CA, SN: 114,

This dolly was my first major cinema equipment purchase, I bought it when I was 16 years old and was filming with my trusty DVX 100A.  

Flash forward 14 years later, I'm now a 30 year old filmmaker, and I still have this dolly and regularly use it alongside my RED Dragon, Steadicam, and Ronin.

I look forward to being apart of the Sarkell Society, thank you for maintaining and updating the site and adding all the resources-- every subsequent post brings me closer to 'Ole Boy, my dolly's nickname.

In addition to the registration, I was also hoping to further inquire upon the group's expertise with this dolly and was hoping you might know of a resource in the California (LA/OC/SD) area that may be able to service this amazing filmmaking accessory.  
In the above two images, I was doing a music video for a band that broke up mid-shoot! We had about a month of preproduction, and all the locations were locked and ready to go... this was the first day of filming, we also filmed the next day.  Took a couple days off to prepare for the next block of shooting, and that's when they broke up.
The guy pushing me was in the band, and I think you can make that he's not a dolly grip by trade, judging by the sandals! 

The dolly currently has a leak, and the boom hasn't been able move too much.

I have really been meaning to give it a fresh overhaul... any advice or references are greatly appreciated!!

Much Thanks!
Nicky Milo

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rare image of the Mini-Crab Prototype and its Inventor

An extremely rare and a never before seen Polaroid image of William Sargent sitting on board his Mini-Crab prototype during the time he was doing a daily live show in L.A. This show had just turned into continuous week-to-week run named ‘Day in Court’. William was one of the running characters.  

This was at ABC’s Selmour Productions. William decided to take the prototype down one day to the set to show it off to the crew for an opinion.  It must have been during the time the Mini-Crab was in production at Colortran (note the prototype still displays the interim Hydraulic ram). 

This image enlarges quite nicely. Just click on it with your mouse!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

William Sargent and his love of the Theater

As mentioned before, we wanted to highlight William Sargent's career as a performer. Soon, you will see some photographs from his TV, movie and stage performances. Here below (click on image to enlarge) is an article written about the Mini-Crab inventor in 1990 talking about one of his greatest passions...Live Theater!