It all started in 2011 when I had the chance to film the event Carnia Motorsport Festival, a gathering of car enthusiasts on a race track in Southern Ostrobothnia.  I made a video of the event and production whetted the appetite. The following year I made another movie of Carnia, but unfortunately it was also the last year that Carnia was organized. This was the first time I had the opportunity to do what I knew I wanted to do, documenting action sports.

In everything I filmed, movement of the camera has been an important part. I have always been interested in building things and in recent years I have also developed tools for video production, such as prototypes of camera dollies and camera cranes.

At some point I saw a car with a camera crane mounted in a “behind-the-scenes” video. The camera on the car could be controlled by the passenger to achieve high speed shooting. I started researching about this and couldn’t find anyone who offers a similar service in Finland.

I began to develop a prototype of a camera car crane in the beginning of 2015 as a hobby.

Unlike every other crane-mounted-on-car setups I saw at that time I wanted to have a crane that was completely wireless, so that it wouldn´t be a problem to mount it not just on cars, but boats or other vehicles. Or just on plane ground. To not exceed the max load capacity on a regular car’s roof was also a goal.

In 2016 I got the opportunity to develop the project further when the Cine Rental House Kinos Rentals, where I worked at the time, offered me a workshop space. 2017 I met the production service company BongoBongo Oy which is specialized in remote heads, and we formed a cooperation.

Thomas Vikfors

Founder and Inventor of MOVIEMENT®