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Periscope Lens System

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David Mitton with the periscope lens system in third series

The Clearwater Periscope lens system was the special 35mm movie camera designed in 1984 by David Mitton and Terence Permane working in Clearwater Features for use on the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.[1][2] The cameras were built in the United States with the lenses grounded in Japan, an inverted periscope was built in, and were used together with live action model animation,[3] to produce the image of character movements at eye level.[1] Only two of these camera systems were ever made.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The making of Thomas the Tank Engine by Michael Edwards. Model Railroader April 1993
  2. The Green Screen Adventures of Thomas and the Magic Railroad
  3. TUGS publicity pack by Clearwater Films Inc., page 2
  4. TUGS publicity pack by Clearwater Films Inc., page 3
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