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Film Tech Pioneer Jean-Marie Lavalou Passes Away At 76!!!


Jean-Marie Lavalou Updates: At the age of 76, Jean Marie Lavalou passed away in Paris. He was a coinventor of the first remote-control camera system in history, which led to more fluid crane shots and new artistic possibilities for motion pictures. Former business partner of Lavalou Adam Samuelson asserted that a stroke caused Lavalou’s demise. Lavalou was a member of a wellknown family of camembert cheese producers and was born in Normandie. His work shifted toward technology after he met his spouse and fellow inventor Alain Masseron. In the 1970s, the duo produced a movie inside a submarine as part of their national service in France.

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They were known for their distinctive camera motions. This ultimately led to the creation of the Louma Crane, which is now widely used in movie and television production around the globe. Louma is the result of combining the terms lou and ma.For the project, Lavalou and Masseron put together a team of engineers. Further research and development in Paris, together with collaboration with partner Samuelson of Samuelson Film Services and his engineering team in London, led to the creation of the first remote controlled camera crane in history. Early users of the method, Roman Polanski and Sven Nykvist produced the opening and ending sequence shots for the 1976 movie “The Tenant” using it. Andy Romanoff, a retired executive from Panavision, recalled that the Louma Crane arrived in the country in 1978 and was used on Steven Spielberg’s 1979 film “1941.” According to him, the device “exposed us to a whole new camera language.” (Above image: Spielberg and Lavalou on the set of “1941,” with the Louma Crane in the distance.

The director of photography was William A. Fraker.)According to Romanoff, “JeanMarie laboured day and night to adapt the crane to the requirements of Hollywood filming.” As he toured sets to see how he might make the crane easier and more useful for them, he later made friends with camera people from all around the world. He dedicated his entire life to developing better filmmaking equipment. Lavalou, Masseron, and Samuelson received a Technical and Scientific Achievement Award from the Motion Picture Academy in 2005 for their work on the Louma remote controlled camera head. Four sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, survive Lavalou.

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