From MoveYourCamera.com, the folks who brought you the Cinemover, low-cost, adjustable camera dolly...
The CineMonster lives!
(pre-emptive footnote: Yeah, I know I did a lot of yapping in the video and showed almost no sample footage using the device. More will come with updates. I was a bit of a one-man-band today trying to get all this together)
What is the CineMonster?
CineMonster is a multipurpose, configurable camera support and motion system. Like the Cinemover, the CineMonster uses very little revolutionary technology, it just combines existing elements in a new and clever way. Okay, the CineMonster head is pretty slick, and it's the heart of the system:
That's the prototype head you see there. The actual production unit will incorporate a few improvement we learned from playing with the prototype (which is the whole point of prototyping, right?) While it can easily accept a quick-release plate (the Manfrotto 357 is an excellent companion), you DO NOT NEED a mount plate to attach your camera to the CineMonster. It will attach directly to the deck, so you can use it right out of the box. The Production model will also be skeletonized a bit to save some weight, and so it looks super rad. Here's a rendering:
Using that deck with carefully-chosen genuine RAM brand mounting accessories creates the most versatile dolly and support system you will ever use. With just the basic kit, you can use the CineMonster as a four-wheeled skater dolly
Or reposition one of the fully articulating arms to one of the other mounting bosses and use it in three-wheeled mode. With three wheels you can carve precise arcs from gentle sweeps to tight spirals. Oh, and that extra arm you aren't using? Throw a cold shoe on the 1/4-20 stud on the end and use it for mounting accessories:
But there's more to the CineMonster than motion. It's a versatile support system that can be infinitely reconfigured. Turn the arms up and use it as an impromptu "fig-rig" for handheld shooting. Or flip those wheels down and use it as a tabletop tripod:
And those extra holes? Yeah, you can use those to mount the ball mounts in, or you can use them with your favorite mounting accessories already in your kit that use a 1/4-20 mount:
The CineMonster basic kit comes with everything you see below. The CineMonster head with four installed ball mounts and eight additional tapped holes. Four arms, four wheel assemblies, a thumbscrew to mount your camera or headplate, and two additional male ball ends. When ordering, please note that shipping varies from region to region, so make sure you pledge the correct amount.
Rail mounts you say?
Oh yes. Rail mounts. The Cinemonster also has an available set of mounts to adapt industry-standard 15mm on 60mm center rails. They're pillow block style, which I personally prefer. Why? Well, simple. So many companies are going to the one-piece, sliding style of rail mounts these days. They look cool, and they're light and compact, but whenever you want to remove them, you have to take everything off your rails. With this split pillow block design, you simply take the bottom off the rail mount and lift the whole assembly off your rig. Our rail mounts also do not interfere with the operation of the camera mount or any mount plate you may have installed. Check the pledge options at the right for kits with rail mounts included.
Now for the REALLY good part
Here's where s#!t gets real! The CineMonster MonsterMaster kit. This is where the CineMonster transforms from the most awesome tabletop dolly ever into a work of camera supporting art.
The MonsterMaster kit includes not only the cool stuff in the basic kit, but you'll also get four 4" arms, two 2" arms, four additional male ball mounts, four additional female ball mounts, and four suction cup mounts with integral balls. Those will let you do super stable setups on cars like this:
Go out and price some skater dollies. Now go out and price some car mounts. Convinced yet? If you can find a product at a better price that does more than this one does, as well as it does, and for the money it does it for, buy it. Then tell me where you got it because I want one. The CineMonster was created with a lot of input from my customers, who are some of the greatest and most creative people on earth. They asked, I provided, this is the result.
The MonsterMaster kit is available with or without rail mounts as well. Please note that shipping varies from region to region, so please make sure you're placing the correct order at the right. The MonsterMaster kit comes with everything you see here:
A few of my customers have asked me why I'm using Kickstarter to fund this project. "Just build it," they say. "We'll buy it."
Yes, I know that, and thanks for your support. But unlike the Cinemover, the CineMonster does have a few parts that are specifically designed for this application, and must be custom-machined to exacting tolerances. That process is not an inexpensive one, and it's not fair for me to take pre-orders and use my customer's money to capitalize this project up front. Kickstarter provides a zero risk way for me to accept preorders, and your money is not tied up until parts are actually being manufactured. It also lets me keep the costs down by more accurately judging the production runs of the early batches. And, all in all, it only adds about two weeks to what the normal lead time would be if I were just announcing it and selling it myself.
What is the timeline?
Once the Kickstarter period ends and the project is funded, production begins. Although Kickstarter can withhold funds for up to two weeks from the closing date, I don't mind stretching my own credit to ensure that the parts begin production almost immediately upon closing. The production and delivery cycle for the slowest of the parts is roughly 30 days from when I send the order to the production shop. We'll start shipping packages out the day we have every piece in our hands. Now, all this assumes that we meet our goal or exceed it by no more than 20-30%. Should things go nuts, that may delay things a bit, bust rest assured we will work diligently to ensure that all of these preorders are filled in a timely manner. This means that we'd be getting parts back from our production shops in early July and beginning shipping immediately.
I'll just wait until after the launch, then buy one from your website?
Fine, but you'll pay more for it. Because we'll have such accurate numbers from the Kickstarter launch, we'll be able to plan our build process that much more accurately and keep costs down. In other words, these prices are Kickstarter deals only.
Will you be my dad?
No. Sorry. I will be a distant uncle if you need one for any reason.
Will you still be making Cinemovers?
Heck yeah. The Cinemover and CineMonster are great compliments to each other.
Will there be accessories available?
Also yes. The kits that you see are the launch kits. Once the launch is complete, you'll be able to buy these kits, along with several accessories to further customize your CineMonster. Its modular nature lends itself to accessorizing.