Friday, October 19, 2012

Mini-Crab #157 on location!

We're waiting to hear back from Kyle Jones who was involved with the following production shown here. What we do know for sure is that the Mini-Crab pictured in the following photos is #157, owned by my friend Steven Mahoney, from the Seattle area.

Kyle, who incidentally used #157 through Steven, recently took ownership of his own Mini-Crab #24. We'll find out the back-story to these pictures and what he has to say about his Mini-Crab.
We're looking at a very interesting track system with the Mini-Crab #157 riding on a 'sub-dolly' skateboard-wheeled system. It's good to see that modern camera technology such as the RED system nicely integrated with William Sargent's 50+ year old Mini-Crab design.
You may remember, #157 was once owned by twice-Academy Award winner and producer, David L. Wolper.
Click on any image to enlarge.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kenneth Mackenzie and Mini-Crab #71

We're welcoming Kenneth and his Colortran Mini-Crab #71 to our exclusive society. Pictured here you see Kenneth's Mini-Crab in action. Click on either image to enlarge!

A cool shot of Kenneth on the set of the feature 'Warm Bodies', shot last year in Montreal. Jonathan Lavine, Director, Javier Aquirresarobe, DP. More on Kenneth's work to follow. Welcome to the Sarkell Society, Kenneth!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

William Sargent the inventor of the Mini-Crab Dolly

Recent photos of the prolific actor, voice-over artist and inventor of the timeless ColorTran Mini-Crab Dolly, William Sargent. These two awesome images were taken by Mr. Sargent's beautiful wife, Patti.

Joseph Tawil, former president of Berkey-ColorTran once told me that William Sargent was a "brilliant inventor, bar none". Designing and building the Mini-Crab Dolly was only one facet of Mr. Sargent's incredible and facinating career.
William Sargent is seen here on board his beautiful Aquila motorcycle just outside his Salt Lake City home. Click on either image to enlarge.

Mr. Sargent acted in many beloved TV shows including; Star Trek, My Three Sons, The FBI, Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Streets of San Francisco, The Twilight Zone and many, many more. To see more of Mr. Sargent's work click on: William Sargent - IMDb

Monday, April 9, 2012

Steven Mahoney's Mini-Crab #157

A fully reconditioned and outfitted Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly owned by my friend, Steven Mahoney of Auburn, Washington. This Mini-Crab, #157 was once owned by Academy Award winning filmmaker, Dalvid L. Wolper. There's a good chance it was even used during the original 1971 film-production of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'.

Steven has completely rebuilt the hydraulics on this beauty and has recently procured the extremely hard-to-find high-flying DP seat. Steven kept the factory 'ColorTran Blue' paint finish intact. Steven also has a set of the front and side boards, the column-weight and a few more accessories. "I hope my dolly will be used this summer on a feature called "Brush with Danger" states Steven. Even though this dolly has some Hollywood history, it's a working dolly and is currently rented out for a local production.

There's no question, with its Hollywood provenance in-place, this may be the most valuable Mini-Crab in existence! Great job Steven!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Drew Kutlik of Magic Wave Productions and Mini-Crab #212

Introducing our newest member of the Sarkell Society, Drew Kutlik of Pleasanton, California. Here's his hand-built Colortran Mini-Crab #212 with some nice attachments. Drew's dolly set-up includes two seat assemblies, two sideboards, the front board, 3-CO2 bottles, column weights, remote lift-control from the pushers station, 2- 35mm head mounts, a leveling head, and a custom-built column riser. Drew also has the hard-to-find carrying case!

Drew is planning on restoring his eight-wheeled craft and this is #212's pre-restoration photo. Drew will become #14 of our esteemed group. More photos and 212's history will be forthcoming. Welcome Drew!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Leif Peterson and Mini-Crab #118

Meet Sarkell Society Member, Leif Peterson, sitting on his decked-out Mini-Crab #118.
Leif Peterson is a film artist living in Portland, Oregon. Over the past ten years he has made short films, music videos, created film installations, screened internationally, and worked with a variety of collaborators.
Much of his work lurks just out of reach of waking consciousness in a half remembered land. He uses elements of myths, legends, and memory to create a unique and personal mythology.