Kickstarter just informed me that our C-Cup campaign ended with success a year ago today. When I saw that I felt compelled to write this short note with one last update on the project, as well as my most sincere gratitude for your help.
When we set out on this project, we assessed that this was a relatively small need that nonetheless was worth doing. That was a fair assessment. It became worthwhile for me once I got the prototype on my own camera, and there were enough of you that Thomas and I turned a modest profit in the end. Far more important were the lessons I learned about converting a concept into a product, and then taking that to market. A few weeks ago I posted a short article about those insights, and if you are so inclined you can read about them here:
A filmmaker's Guide to Building Rockets
I still receive orders for the C-Cup (it's available for sale here), although it has slowed to a trickle and I now consider the project complete. We received many requests for a similar product for the Panasonic GH4, which my partner Thomas has taken on and will be finishing any day now. I have a prototype that does indeed improve the user experience. That should be easily adaptable to the Sony A7s, which we also received some requests for. If either of those are burning needs for any of you, feel free to message me and I'll put you on the list.
Aside from that and my day job as a cinematographer (keep an eye out for BARGE at a festival near you), I've turned all my effort toward a new endeavor called Dox, a platform designed to match resources and support with short documentary proposals. Shorts have always been my favorite format, and our audacious goal is to help make documentary filmmaking a viable career. We are in a beta stage at the moment, working with filmmakers to develop and refine the product so that it serves filmmakers however they most need it. So if you're into short documentaries, I urge you to get in touch!
That's all I've got! Thank you all so much for lending your support to this project. I truly enjoyed communicating with so many of my fellow shooters from around the world. I hope the C-Cup has been serving you well, and may all your shots be in focus!