Sean is the current Owner/Operator of "Unpathed" and now a Co-Owner of UltraArmSF. He realizes there is often a gap between creative intent and technical and budgetary feasibility. Thus, the UltraArmSF solution. Sean specializes in, motion stabilized cinematography, with an emphasis on camera vehicles. He has been shooting “car to car” for his clients with the AudiQ5, the FlowCine Black Arm with the Tranquilizer system, and the MōVI XL. Sean has built the Audi specifically for “car to car” shooting. As an early adopter to the world of gimbals, Sean is a highly skilled MōVI tech/operator and prides himself on his high standards of work and expertise. He brings his experience and passion to the UltraArmSF team.
"The Crane Guy" is the company that Robert has owned and operated for over 30 years. He has been supplying a wide range of camera cranes, remote heads, and a cable cam, to the production industry. As an operator Robert also brings a special skill set to the UltraArmSF team. He has specifically focused his career on the operation of both joystick and wheels based systems. Being a Jimmy Jib operator, he has been swinging a crane while using a joystick for controlling pan, tilt, zoom and focus for years. The MotoCrane Ultra fits right into his wheel house. He can either operate the remote arm on the car or precisely frame shots using the MōVI controller or wheels. He is an IATSE 600 member who is well known for his knowledge of the profession and sense of humor. Robert is also a Co-Owner in UltraArmSF.
Patrick Roth is Co-Owner, driver, and remote arm operator for UltraArmSF. Since 1990, Patrick has worked almost exclusively as a Key Grip, Dolly Grip, and Grip. He has years of experience rigging and working on arm/insert cars. Patrick has also been a crane operator for "The Crane Guy" for 20 plus years. Working exclusively with Robert as part of the TechnoCrane team, the coordination between the two has led them to be a well-coordinated operating team. In 2003, Patrick joined the California Highway Patrol where he was expertly trained in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC). The EVOC course included techniques in high speed driving, high speed backing, pursuit driving, and vehicle placement. Although currently still employed by the CHP, Patrick drives camera cars, maintains his Teamster Union status, his Local 16 status, and continues to work with "The Crane Guy" as a TechnoCrane operator. His years of experience qualify him as a well skilled driver and remote arm operator.
UltraArmSF was formed by our team of very skilled, highly trained, and extremely motivated individuals, Sean Rivers, Robert Barcelona, and Patrick Roth. We are “car guys” who have work on feature films, commercials, and high end corporate image pieces. UltraArmSF blends the two passions, cars and cameras, together.
Prior to the formation of UltraArmSF, if a production needed a remote arm car in Northern California, they would have to bring it up from Los Angeles. The added expense of traveling a car and its crew often forced productions to revise or cancel their concepts. Or use an inferior method. We wanted to offer our clients the best new technology available at rates that were competitive. When considering the purchase of an arm, it needed to economical without sacrificing any capabilities. The MotoCrane ULTRA was the right product for us and more importantly, it's right for our clients. A lot of thought went into the building of our car and we are always refining the design. We take the input we get from our clients and implement them into our car. We are highly skilled industry professionals that worksa as a well choreographed team. The UltraArmSF team would like to thank all of our current and past clients and would like to extend and invitation to new clients to give us a call when shooting in Northern California.