A FILM technician’s career is back on track after a brush with thieves.
His customised one-of-a-kind modified vehicle was stolen by thieves, then recovered undamaged by police.
Chris Rusby said he was “sick to the pit of his stomach” after the £10,000 Dazon 1100 buggy was snatched from a Calderdale lock-up.
But he breathed a sigh of relief hours later when the vehicle, which had been uniquely modified to house large film cameras, was returned.
“It has been my life’s work fundraising and working on this vehicle. Every penny I have earned I have spent on it.
“I was just on the verge of getting into big blockbusters and having much of the equipment on board patented. The theft was devastating,” said Chris, 32, of Rastrick.
Chris’s latest project has involved working on a soon-to-be-released film about football hooligans in Liverpool called Away Days and set in the 1970s.
He has also worked on the big summer cinema blockbuster, Brideshead Revisited, along with several television dramas and soaps including Emmerdale.
His role as a “grip” involves attaching film cameras to the vehicle which is then used to film high speed and action shots.
The Dazon 1100 can travel at speeds of up to 80mph.
Chris, a pupil of Hipperholme Grammar School and then Huddersfield Technical College, where he studied media, said the vehicle was “eye-catching.”
“Wherever I go in it people will stop and point and stare. They think it’s really cool, but whoever stole it would find it difficult to hide.
“Everyone in the industry would know it was mine and no-one else would be able to use any of the equipment on it.”