Michael Brennan the Best Risk Shot category at the Golden Eye 2011 International Festival of Movie and TV Cameramen, held in Batumi, Georgia.
The low-angle slow-motion shot of a large building imploding, for Demolition, a documentary series for LWT and Discovery, was captured at 500 frames per second using a film camera built into a bomb-proof case.
Although the case was made of laminated steel with an internal frame and ten millimetre polycarbonate front cover, even the strongest of boxes would be crushed under the thousands of tons of rubble which fell onto it.
"Full credit is due to Director Michelle Carlisle for sticking with my idea of tracking a camera from the base of the building as the building fell, and to my camera-assistant Johann Perry and Controlled Demolition,” said Brennan, who is based in Melbourne and London.
“The shot was in the back of my mind after I had successfully captured numerous implosions with cameras in innovative angles inside and on top of buildings - and I still have a few tricks up my sleeve for more interesting angles," he said.
The GTC is an independent non-profit-making international organisation that cares about TV camerawork and the people who make it their craft., with more than 1,000 members worldwide, in Europe, Australia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA.
By David Fox