Pioneering Filmmaker and Inventor Dead at 54

Jun 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The innovative filmmaker who created the Cablecam "eye in the sky" technology that has become a regular feature at concerts and sporting events has died, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Jim Rodunsky died June 10 in California following a three-year bout with brain cancer. He was 54.

Rodunsky conceived of the overhead filming methodology in 1989 while he was working on a way to capture footage from a snow-skiing simulator. Rodunsky’s eventual fully realized system became the industry standard.

Fred Gaudelli, producer of NBC’s "Sunday Night Football," said of Rodunsky: "He was just one of those brilliant guys who could really adapt that camera and his systems to what you needed to take your production to a place you’ve never been."

Gaudelli said he considers the Rodunsky Cablecam one of the most significant inventions in the history of televised sports.

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