Film Tech Pioneer Jean-Marie Lavalou Dead at 76

Jean-Marie Lavalou, co-inventor of the world’s first remote control camera system, brought a new world of smoother crane shots and creative possibilities to the film, died on July 15. He was 76 years old.



Born into the family of the famous Camembert cheese maker in Normandy, Lavallow’s career made a technological shift when he met his inventor’s partner, Alan Maceron. In the 1970s, the two developed their own camera move while filming a movie on a submarine during national service in France.



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