Tim Missenden’s review
Managing Director – BCL Productions
BCL Productions is a Brisbane-based production company that has been providing sound, lighting, and vision services for 20 years. BCL’s clients include the Channel 9 Telethon, Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, and the Woodford Folk Festival.
BCL have invested in 12 BGV-D8s with one tonne capacity and 12 with half-tonne capacity. We’ve been using the one tonners for four or five years, and purchased the half-tonners recently. We decided to add the half-tonnes to the inventory because we needed a lighter weight motor for ease of use, predominantly for lighting where we don’t need the larger capacity. It relieves loadings on the structures we have to rig from, including Brisbane’s River Stage, which has limited weight loading. On gigs like the Lord Mayor’s Carols, there’s a large production component that pushes weight boundaries, and any weight reduction you can get is helpful. We carry two half-tonners two per case, and the crew appreciate a motor that is lighter and easier to handle.
In doing our research before purchase, we looked at the accepted industry standard brands, and what other production houses were using, PRG in particular. PRG use one brand in the USA and Chainmaster in Europe. We talked to someone who had used both extensively and listened to their feedback. The brand PRG use in the USA is very heavy duty, and as such is a very heavy motor. Chainmaster has been designed specifically for the entertainment industry, and while considerably lighter than its competitor, is more than adequate to the task.
The BGV-D8’s safety rating and build quality are very good. Their double brake is a fantastic safety feature. Chain management going through the motor is excellent; I’ve had no chain tangles, knots or jams. They even run quietly; there’s not much not to like.