This project's funding goal was not reached on March 27, 2011.
About this project
THE NEED: 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…
THE SOLUTION: 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
THE PHILOSOPHY: 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!
STATUS: 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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