SEFFNER, FL – Brian Dery, founder and president of the Florida-based award-winning inspirational video production company, Triple Knot Productions, is a walking miracle, dedicated to telling the harrowing stories of individuals with astonishing injuries and disabilities. To bring these true tales of adversity and hope to life, Dery relies on the reliability, durability, and overall excellence of Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. After battling his own harrowing ordeal with paralysis, Dery launched Triple Knot Productions in 2005 and with it his commitment to overcome and inspire through storytelling. Currently, Dery is filming “Evan Piper: Creating Possibilities Through the Power of Determination,” detailing the life of Evan Piper, who became paralyzed after a plane crash.
“When I was 24, I developed a muscle disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome and became paralyzed from the neck down. I was told I would never walk again,” Dery explains. But after four months, his condition miraculously improved and he was soon discharged with leg braces, which continue to enable him to walk today. “During my recovery, I started meeting lots of individuals with physical disabilities, and their stories inspired me. Then I started toying around with the idea of making films about them doing everyday activities, and that’s how Triple Knot was born,” he explains.
On location throughout southeast Florida filming “Evan Piper: Creating Possibilities Through The Power of Determination,” Dery is using the DIONIC 90 to document Piper’s inspiring story, showing how a spinal cord injury has not been able to stop Piper from becoming a successful business owner or enjoying his love of water sports, including scuba diving and jet skiing. Then there is the story of Jennifer French, who damaged her spinal cord in a snowboarding accident that threatened to leave her paralyzed, as told in “To Have Courage.” Through sheer will and determination, French became the first woman to receive electrodes to help her stand and walk again. To bring these tales of inspiration to light, Dery implicitly trusts Anton/Bauer batteries and power supplies. “I used Anton/Bauer products earlier in my career, and I knew that its batteries were pretty much the industry standard. I asked if they would donate us a battery, but they went above and beyond and gave us two batteries, a charger, and a light. Their donation has helped us tremendously and goes to such great use,” he says.
Dery uses the DIONIC 90 to power his JVC GY-HM700u ProHD Solid-State Camcorder, which can handle a maximum load of 95 watts with run-times ranging from six hours at 15 watts to 1.75 hours at 50 watts. It offers a RealTime display that continually updates the operator on how much run-time remains and the state of the current charge. As a tie in to a documentary he filmed on autism called “Walking In The Dark: Finding The Light In Autism,” Dery recently shot a public service announcement with the DIONIC 90 for an Autism Speaks Walk in Tampa, FL. “I spent four hours shooting the PSA, and the power meter on the DIONIC 90 never decreased. It’s a really powerful battery,” he says. It weighs only 1.7 pounds and can be transported without restriction under the IATA and DOT safety regulations.
Dery also uses Anton/Bauer’s ULHM-LED and Ultralight 2 on camera lights. Developed by Anton/Bauer with sister Vitec group brand, Litepanels, the ULHM-LED weighs only .40 pounds and provides heat- and flicker-free soft bright light of 5600K. and complements Anton/Bauer’s Ultralight System. The versatility of the UL2 base allows a videographer to quickly change from tungsten (UL2), HMI (UltraDAYlight), or LED (ULHM-LED).
A devoted user, Dery will continue to use Anton/Bauer on all his future projects at Triple Knot Productions. “Anton/Bauer’s quality is unmatched and its customer support is excellent. The very few times I have had to troubleshoot any gear, Anton/Bauer walked me through it over the phone effortlessly,” he says.
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series batteries such as the HyTRON 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight, ElipZ, ElightZ, CINE-VCLX and CINE-VCLX/2. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.
A SNAPSHOT OF THE VITEC GROUP
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2009 revenue of £315 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.
Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.
Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.
Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.