Field Stories ...the adventures of a Portabrace Case
The professional film and video industry is an exciting and challenging arena in which to make a living. From a news crew on the streets of New York, to a documentary filmmaker deep in the jungles of Asia, to a local wedding videographer in The Netherlands, all of our industry’s professionals spend their lives capturing the stories that inform and inspire us on a daily basis. This collection of stories and images is dedicated to the profession, and to all the storytellers around the world – carry on.
Performance in the Cold
I just wanted to thank everybody at Porta-Brace for your excellent products! I was on a shoot out in Colorado the week before Christmas, and as you may know they had some unbelievably heavy snowfall. I had your Polar Mitten for the HVX-200 as well as your side sling pack, and they worked perfectly for the job!
Keeping His Cool
When I found out that I’d be shooting in the Sahara Desert at the beginning of summer my mind went to overdrive wondering how the gear would cope with the heat. Then I started wondering how I personally would cope with 120 degrees Fahrenheit. So to make things easier for me, I decided to buy the Porta-Brace Cool Shoulder cover for my Sony PDW 530P XDCAM.
The UK Royal Marines
The unit is equipped with 3 Sony cameras and is tasked by Royal Marines to make training videos or promotional type films.
Remote Office in Asia
Although I have used Portabrace products for storing and carrying video equipment, I wish to share and illustrate that Portabrace products are not strictly for video production. As a cameraman and camera assistant I am often thrown into situations of uncertainty.
Portabrace in the Air
Harrison works as a stringer for five TV stations - one in Boston, MA, one in Hartford, CT, and three in nearby Albany, NY. He also sells material to CNN, produces local commercials, does industrial and legal work, training videos, and whatever comes along. One day may find him waling the route of a highway recording phases of construction. The next day he may be interviewing the family of a local accident victim.
Abandoned in Antarctica
This is an overdue thank-you (and fan) letter following up on the cases you made for our Antarctic expedition for the production of an episode of the PBS science series NOVA.
Our entire equipment package was shipped to Antarctica in hard cases and then transferred to Porta-Brace cases once we started working on the ice.
A Friend in Kenya
I am a freelance sound recordist with over 20 years in the biz doing mostly documentary work in some of the harshest climates on the planet. I have worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, steamy Asian jungles and the Hight Arctic. Throughout all of that my Portabrace cases have performed flawlessly, protecting my gear from the elements and the inevitable abuse that life on the road can throw at you.
Principally a photojournalist, I recently started shooting nature documentaries. I work in HDV principally with a Canon XL-H1A and the small old Canon HV-10 that I use for close-up animal shots like birds in their nest or a fox yawning.
I like very much Portabrace bags for their very strong and prime quality material, elegance, and flexibility.