This shot featured in "Demolition" a documentary series for LWT/Discovery. Probably the most ambitious documentary shot ever of an implosion. We pulled it off with fantastic help from Controlled demolition Ltd.

The shot was months in the planning and full credit to Director Michelle Carlisle for sticking with the idea of tracking a camera from the base of the building as the building fell!
It was not without incident on the day when just as we were leaving the site with 15 minutes to go before detonation, we heard one of the two slow motion film cameras role prematurely due to the remote control switch being prematurely activated. But which camera rolled? It wasn't until the following day when the film was developed that we learnt it was a static shot from the camera in the tree that was lost and not the tracking camera.

The 500fps film camera was built into a purpose built bomb proof steel case. The shot called for a low angle, looking up at the building at the moment of implosion.
The issue was protecting the camera of course. The strongest of steel boxes would be crushed under the thousands of tones of rubble falling at 35 mph and we needed to get the film developed rather than leave it for a week under the rubble.
The solution was to pull the camera out of harms way after it got the shot, but before it could be damaged.
After testing we devised a fail safe method of pulling the camera back. One of the clues as to how we trigged the cameras release is the piece of rope with frayed edges that floats up into frame before the explosives are detonated.
Thanks to my camera assistant of the day Johann Perry, LWT production and Controlled Demolition Ltd without their help we would not have been able to achieve what we set out to do.
The shot was in the back of my mind after I had successfully shot numerous implosions with cameras in innovative angles inside and on top of buildings. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve for more interesting angles.