What we would like to do: Our project is called the "Steadi-Shoulder." This product is intended to be an affordable alternative to a stabilizer for filmmakers using DSLR cameras. The Steadi-Shoulder is handmade from wood and functions as both a steadicam and a shoulder mount. The Steadi-Shoulder consists of four segments; a main frame, a camera plate, two handles, and a counter weight. The main frame has three locations where the camera plate can be attached to either serve as a Steadicam or a shoulder mount. The handles and counter weight are removable. The weight counter balances the camera in order to reduce camera shake. Also the handles can be attached to the camera to provide a slightly more stable shot compared to handheld. The handles can also be attached to any other film equipment with a 1/4-20 (1/4" diameter, 20 threads per inch) threading. (e.g. Zoom H2 Microphone)
*Note: Left Hand and Right Hand models are available.
Above: Main Frame (Standard S.S.)
Above: Two Handles and Camera Plate (Standard S.S.)
Above: Counter Weight (Standard S.S.)
Above: Naked Steadi-Shoulder
Above: Limited Edition Black Board Steadi-Shoulder
Above: Naked Steadi-Shoulder w/LowePro Flipside 300
Above: Blackboard Steadi-Shoulder w/LowePro Flipside 300
How we do it: We currently work in a basement that was converted into a woodwork shop. Majority of the tools we use were previously purchased. We buy the wood from a local lumbar yard and make the Steadi-Shoulder from start to finish.
How will the funds be spent?
The majority of the funds will go into purchasing raw material. The remainder of the funds will go into equipment, and the use of new facility.
What has been done? What is next?
First our team created a paper model of the Steady-Shoulder. The following week we had a working prototype. After months of testing and product improvement, the Steadi-Shoulder was born.
Our team consists of five unique individuals that enjoy film.
Luke Shin is currently double majoring in film and creative writing at Hunter College. The past year, Luke's film "Monkey Business" won best picture and became a campus finalist.
Daniel Yoo is a student at Liberty University studying electrical engineering. Daniel was the lead actor in "Monkey Business" and received an invitation to JYP Entertainment.
Chris Kim is an undergrad student studying civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Chris is a woodworking enthusiast.