Update 3:The CineSkates Kickstarter project has come to a close, and the support from our backers has been amazing. We are working to get all the CineSkates sent out quickly, and we are now taking pre-orders on the Cinetics web site: store.cinetics.com
Update 2: By popular demand, we added a new reward level for a ready-to-go CineSkates System for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S! This reward includes CineSkates, the GorillaPod Focus tripod, the GorillaPod BH1 Ballhead, andThe Glif iPhone mount... one of our favorite Kickstarter projects!
Update 1: Wow! We reached the funding goal incredibly fast! We have plenty of CineSkates available though. You can still get in on the discounted Kickstarter pricing by becoming a backer! Every pledge is beyond helpful; thank you!
What are CineSkates?CineSkates™ are a set of three wheels that quickly attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package. Watch the video to see what they are capable of... CineSkates were used to film it!
CineSkates work specifically with the GorillaPod Focus tripod. A ballhead is also required... most small, strong ballheads will work great. Fortunately, JOBY, the maker of GorillaPod Focus and BallHead X has agreed to include their products in the CineSkates System at a generous price!
What rewards are available?You can get any reward shown in the table below by pledging the appropriate amount. We will send out a survey when the project completes to verify the reward you selected and gather your address.
What's the money for?Backers of this project will be helping to create the first production run of CineSkates. Your pledges will enable me to move forward with orders for each of the 44 different parts in CineSkates and to continue building portable gear for filmmakers. Backers pledge to pay for their selected reward only if we meet the funding goal of $20,000. I'm grateful for every $1 pledged!
When will rewards ship?Update 10/12: We have all the CineSkates in our garage in final stages of assembly, and we're waiting on the cases to arrive. They are coming in next week, and we'll start getting boxes out the door as fast as we can after that. We plan to have everything shipped by the end of October.
What makes CineSkates so cool?CineSkates can produce shots that have previously been impossible or only possible with bulky and expensive equipment. Here are a few:
- Arcing shots that rotate around objects
- Sliding shots that push or pull the subject into focus
- Rolling shots that glide over the subject
- Time-lapse shots that move the camera slowly and smoothly
- Panning shots that scan a wide area
- "Worm's eye view" shots that slide just above the floor
Filmmakers will find CineSkates perfect for weddings, music videos, product demos, real estate ads, web videos, corporate films, and even for narrative and documentary films.
How do you use them?You'll be able to figure them out in no time... just line up the wheels and roll! But, like your camera, CineSkates have a learning curve. So, there will be a "How to use CineSkates" video, and I'll send the video link out to all project backers. I can't wait to see how you use them!
Will there be future CineSkates products?You know it! I designed CineSkates in two parts with a proprietary quick connection called cinetics connect™. This connection enables easy expansion to other tripods. It also enables other attachments, like robotic wheels, to be attachable to GorillaPod Focus and other tripods. Send me a Twitter or Facebook message if you have an idea for the cinetics connect™ platform!
What is Cinetics?
Cinetics is the company I started to sell CineSkates. It's just me and some friends that have volunteered tons of time toward the company, but we're hoping Kickstarter can help us take the company to the next level! Cinetics is based in Austin, Texas.
What is the Cinetics Lens Cloth?The Cinetics Lens Cloth is a useful reward for people that back at lower levels. The micro-fiber cloth quickly wraps up into a neoprene pouch that clips onto your camera. They work great for glasses and computer screens too. They turned out pretty slick!
Are CineSkates patented?
CineSkates have been patent pending since shortly after being invented in early 2011. The patent also covers other systems and methods for adapting camera mounting devices. Cinetics reserves the rights to the Cinetics and CineSkates names and the Cinetics logo.
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