Carroll Ballard shows off his Eclair Cameflex CM3

Published On February 3, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | Director-Cameraman, Eclair Cameflex CM3

A few years ago I had the rare privilege of going to legendary filmmaker Carroll Ballard’s house to do a TV news story for KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, to promote his newest film Duma. After the interview I asked if, for B-Roll purposes, he would show me his Eclair Cameflex CM3 movie camera, which I his pride and joy. The news story has already been posted on Youtube, but I just discovered that I still have the raw footage. This is the unedited footage of Carroll Ballard taking out his Eclair CM3, putting it together and showing it off. This is the same camera that also was used to shoot The Black Stallion, Never Cry Wolf and Fly Away Home.

After I finished shooting this he held the camera out to me to hold. It was a great thrill. I have now purchased my own Eclair CM3 and it is a magical camera. Enjoy this rare look at a master filmmaker.


A man and his Eclair CM3.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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