Independent filmmakers love the Canon 5d, 7d, and T2i because they produce beautiful images at a reasonable price. However, to be fully effective for filmmaking, these cameras need to be mounted to a cage, or rig, to stabilize them, and to serve as a platform for mounting myriad accessories. DSLR cages exist, but existing rigs are expensive and cumbersome – better designed for old film equipment than modern digital technology. But now there is an alternative that’s sleek, effective, and affordable…
Filmmaker and Boston University professor Jan Egleson has developed the ZIGaRIG with the Canon 5d and 7d in mind. He then designed the ZIGaRIG-Mini to fit the smaller T2i (design images coming soon!). Ideal for indie and student filmmakers, the purpose-driven ZIGaRIG system is sleek, ergonomic, lightweight, modular, and affordable. The ZIGaRIG:
• Stabilizes and protects the camera
• Is made of anodized aluminum for maximum durability and rigidity
• Provides easy access to the camera controls, battery compartment, and card slot without camera removal
• Allows for handheld use or tripod mounting
• Provides a platform for a follow-focus, matte box, monitors, microphones, and other accessories.
• Enables car-mounts, dolly mounting and other rigging
• Costs a fraction of the price of existing DSLR systems.
The ZIGaRIG team is committed to fostering collaborative, independent filmmaking. ZIGaRIG products were created out of our own need for affordable, effective DSLR equipment. Because we enjoy being part of a creative community, we want to share the ZIGaRIG with filmmakers everywhere. We hope our products will help other low-budget filmmakers create high-quality images. Please know that when you support our business, you are directly supporting independent film: when the ZIGaRIG company is up-and-running, a portion of each sale will be set aside to fund our work. Visit http://www.zigarig.com to learn more about our projects!
We have already designed and built 25 ZIGaRIG cages that are currently being used by the ZIGaRIG team and Boston University film school students. However, the cage is only a part of the ZIGaRIG project. We envision a larger DSLR modular system that includes a compatible follow-focus rig, matte box, electronic viewfinder, detachable handle, and DSLR slider. Funds from Kickstarter will therefore be used to develop these products, and bring the ZIGaRIG cage to a larger market. After we reach our funding goal, we plan to launch a web site that supports online ordering, order our first full production run of ZIGaRIG cages, and demo the product at various film schools and rental facilities.
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Every pledge helps, no matter how small. You are helping to launch the commercial version of the ZIGaRIG and its evolving suite of accessories. As a supporter you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped indie filmmakers and film students with access to made-for-DSLR equipment. You will receive acknowledgement on our web site as a valuable founding sponsor.
T2i SPECIAL OPTION! In addition to the lens-cloth, T-shirt, satisfaction and recognition described above, you will receive one black-anodized ZIGaRIG-Mini unit, SPECIFICALLY SIZED FOR THE SMALLER CANON T2i from the March pre-production run. (The suggested retail price of the ZIGaRIG-Mini will be $175.)
In addition to the lens-cloth, T-shirt, satisfaction and recognition described above, you will receive one black-anodized ZIGaRIG unit (designed for the Canon 7D or 5D) from the March pre-production run. (The suggested retail price of the ZIGaRIG will be $350.)
In addition to the lens cloth, T-shirt, satisfaction and recognition described above, you will receive one signature limited edition ZIGaRIG unit (designed for the Canon 7D or 5D) with red-anodized handles. (Limit: 20 units.) These will be produced immediately after the close of the Kickstarter campaign.