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Starring Role: JLG Equipment Elevates Filmmaking to New Heights

Blog Posts - Mar 24

Starring Role: JLG Equipment Elevates Filmmaking to New Heights

JLG Industries, Inc.
World-leading access equipment manufacturer
McConnellsburg, PA

Most film buffs don’t think about the equipment used to make their favorite movie. But boom lifts and telehandlers play starring roles in the world of filmmaking.

These mechanical marvels empower producers to capture breathtaking shots from various angles, elevating their creativity to new heights—literally.

How JLG equipment elevates filmmaking at a glance

The entertainment industry relies on JLG Industries to provide access equipment that sets the stage for reliable filming performance. Whether that’s in a vast outdoor arena, a bustling movie set, or whimsical theme park, JLG’s mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers ensure the show will go on.

Let’s explore the many ways JLG equipment takes center stage and supports the needs of set lighting techs and studio grips in the cinematography industry.

The art of precision and exploring every angle

Boom lifts offer both horizontal and vertical movement, allowing camera operators to position equipment with unparalleled precision. Better than simply constructing static platforms for filming, boom lifts provide dynamic flexibility and ease of movement to get the right angle or shot.

For example, an action scene filmed over the shoulder of a hero or heroine can seamlessly pan out to a much higher angle with the use of a boom lift.

Using a boom lift is like having a cinematic magic wand. It grants filmmakers the ability to explore any vertical direction, even downward, ensuring that the camera captures every crucial, action-packed moment.

Aerial filming unleashed

How does aerial filming work? Enter the specialized camera mount. The boom lift, adapted for filming at height, becomes the filmmaker’s trusted companion. Securing the best shots involves a collaborative dance between the camera operator and the boom operator. They coordinate the boom’s location and angle relative to the scene, fine-tuning the camera’s position to achieve the perfect shot. It’s a balance of technical expertise and artistic vision.

SkyTrak® Telehandlers reach for the stars

Among JLG’s telehandler offerings, the SkyTrak® Telehandler stands tall. With its straight-line mast and telescoping boom sections, it delivers the vertical reach needed for overhead shots. It also has an outstanding horizontal reach that allows filmmakers to access distant angles, capturing breathtaking vistas and dynamic sequences.

And SkyTrak Telehandlers have been redesigned to deliver more comfort for the operator, including a single joystick for greater multifunction capability, an integrated arm rest and optional air conditioning for increased comfort.

The Tier 4 Final engines are fuel efficient with less environmental impact. Plus, engine parts are easily accessible for quicker maintenance and less down time on the set. JLG’s 24/7 e-commerce store —Online Express— offers more than 100,000 parts with same-day shipping.

Silent collaborators play a big role

Telehandlers and mobile elevating work platforms play a crucial role in the film industry. Here’s how:

  • Set construction: JLG’s telehandlers lift heavy materials, such as lighting rigs, props, and set pieces, with ease. They can extend to impressive heights of up to 75 feet, allowing crew members to assemble elaborate sets effortlessly.
  • Lighting and rigging: Telehandlers assist in positioning lighting equipment and rigging structures. Their precision and reach ensure that every spotlight hits the mark, creating the perfect ambiance for scenes.
  • Scenic shots: Need a sweeping panoramic shot? Boom lifts elevate camera operators to capture breathtaking views. Whether it’s a sprawling landscape or an urban skyline, these machines provide the elevation required for cinematic magic.
  • Transporting equipment: From cameras to sound equipment, telehandlers transport essential gear across the set. Their stability and lifting capacity make them ideal for moving delicate and expensive equipment safely.

JLG offers Supplemental Operation and Safety Manuals that include extensive instructions while rigging equipment in this industry.


JLG MEWPs and telehandler models used in filmmaking

Bringing movie magic to life

The next time you are enthralled by a thrilling movie scene, remember that JLG may have played a role in bringing that magic to life. From soaring aerial shots to intimate close-ups, set construction, lighting and more, boom lifts and telehandlers can elevate filmmaking to new heights.

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