Day 19: 3D printing and arrival in Medellín
Last night, I landed in Medellín after a marathon 27 hour flight from Moscow. The kind people at Grape and the Moscow Digital Marketing Conference (where I presented at the weekend) were able to fly me here for free, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity!
Before I left, I had to get all of my filming equipment ready. I considered a lot of different options, but in the end settled on the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. Its small, light, discreet (I don't want to attract too much attention on the streets of Medellin) and captures a great wide-angle image perfect for POV shots.
3D + 3D Printing
I am shooting the films in stereoscopic 3D, but there aren't any 3D rigs designed for my cameras currently on the market. Instead I decided to design and 3D print my own rigs.
The rigs were designed in collaboration with product designer Grant Fraser from Luma ID. We made them in 3 different sizes for shooting various types of scene (stereo bases of 55, 70, and 140mm if anyone is interested). They work flawlessly with the existing GoPro system, so it means we can use them with the really wide range of mounts and accessories already available.
I will be open-sourcing these designs, so anyone will be able to download and 3D print them. We are just working on a smaller (45mm) version to replace the 55mm one above, so I will release all the designs when that one is ready and has been tested.
Less than two weeks to go now with the campaign! More updates soon.