Maybe two or three years ago or so, i started to look deeper into building my own tracks, dollies, jib and other camera gear, with the underlying idea to maybe make those into a real product line one day. The key point was to make the system as affordable and as modular as possible - maybe partly inspired by Red's new Epic and Scarlet cameras. The work-in-progress title for this line of gear is "Halsugrip" - hence the name of this blog. The journey is still underway and i'll try to share a bit of that trip here.
|Jib prototype V01 (December 2009)|
Of course, there will also be custom parts - while i consider myself very much a novice still, i've enjoyed learning a bit about gears, pulleys, bearings, CNC machining aluminium, 3D printing, laser cutting and casting plastic.. and also a little about programming for embedded systems. It seems the options are endless, the number of design decisions simply bewildering.
Also, it's become painfully clear that getting the first somewhat working proof-of-concept prototype is often quick, easy and affordable, but coming up with a really good robust and versatile design that's worthy of showing to others is far from it.
Welcome on board folks, i hope you enjoy the ride.
As a teaser, this trailer was shot (with Red One) using my prototype dolly and track.