Since 1994, carried by men, horses, donkeys, Zodiac, 4X4, Quad, skidoo or helicopter, it has been all over the world to create brand new aerial images, to enable scientists and archaeologists to make observations, and presenters to host their programs.
The Cinébulle is a new filming concept. Light, easily dismantled, transported and set up, this small motored hot air balloon allows for incredible travellings in places where no travelling would otherwise be possible.
It is possible to make a horizontal travelling from a few dozen centimetres above a lake, a corn field or a forest without creating the least surface movement, followed up with a vertical travelling with a progressive crane movement without height limitation.
The Cinébulle balances on air and therefore enjoys great stability. Movement fluidity is similar to that of Steadicam.
The gondola is a two-seater bench for the pilot and cameraman. The camera is held by a Ronford mini 7 head, fitted on a pivoting device enabling the camera to be set either between the pilot and cameraman or underneath the seat, from where panoramic and near vertical filming is possible.
When the camera is under the seat, a battery-operated black and white video viewfinder allows for framing and focusing without being bothered by sun light.
Weather permitting, the Cinébulle is steered with a propulsion engine located at the back of the gondola.
The Cinébulle is a hot air balloon, which implies a number of prerequisites: it cannot fly if the wind is too strong and flights require air stability and no thermics, i.e. in mornings or evenings, which has the advantage of being the times when light is most suitable for filming.
Cinébulle 1 - Volume 1400 m3 - Motor Zenhoa
Cinébulle 2 - Volume 1500 m3 - Motor Simonini
Fuel : Propane or butane for want of propane
Consumption: 30 kg/flight
Range : 1 hour
Freightage : 2 parcels on pallets for a total weight of 270 kg
100 mm bowl that can be placed in its normal location to the right hand side of the cameraman, or underneath the seat in reversed position.
Ronford mini seven head allowing for a regular use, even when the bowl is under the seat in reversed position. (same principle as for the F15).
Additional 9V battery powered video viewfinder.
Entry of composite video signal by BNC plug that can be set according to the cameraman’s needs. Storage pockets for batteries, tapes and magazines.