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An awesome shoulder rig that does a hell of a lot more than most, and is ridiculously affordable.
61 backers pledged $3,764 to help bring this project to life.

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The Motion Source Shoulder Rig is an essential tool for independent filmmakers; especially those just getting into the game. Save your money on a rig that does more than the pricier options, and use the funds left over to make your projects that much better. This bad boy may be low cost, but it isn't the low rent version of anything. It's exceptionally versatile, and allows for efficient production work, as well as shots that simply cannot be obtained with any other rig that we've come across.

The Motion Source Shoulder Rig was designed by our team of exceptionally active filmmakers who had the goal of reinventing the shoulder rig as it is known today. We added the benefits and features that we found lacking in more expensive rigs, and devised a construction plan that allows for the rig to be sold at an unbeatable price point. 

In the end, the proof is in the video - we show you tons of shots that we captured with the rig, and then take you behind the scenes to reveal exactly how we got them. We even have a demo reel of the rig being used on a variety of projects; including a short film, a music video and a corporate production. Heck, we even use this baby as a car rig, which you can also see in that reel.

Our project goal is to raise enough money for Lars, our manufacturer, to build a vacuum cup that will enable him to crank these puppies out at a rapid rate, saving the time necessary to keep the price as low as possible. As long as we meet our goal, then The Motion Source Shoulder Rig is going to succeed and be priced at under $100 bucks.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing how you utilize the rig in your projects. Best of luck and happy film making!

If we exceed our Kickstarter goal, the money will be used to develop a line of affordable camera gear products. 

Rig Demo Video

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Lights...Camera Rig...Action!

Rig on HESSLER Music Video Set
Rig on HESSLER Music Video Set
Rig used as a Quad Pod, or, as we like to call it: "The Sit and Stay"
Rig used as a Quad Pod, or, as we like to call it: "The Sit and Stay"
Car Rig Options
Car Rig Options
Optional Padded Counter Weight Doubles as "Hands Free" Shoulder Rest
Optional Padded Counter Weight Doubles as "Hands Free" Shoulder Rest
Front Deck Options
Front Deck Options

Origin Story

As a team of filmmakers we work with different types of rigs every day; including shoulder rigs. Since the high quality shoulder rigs are so expensive our videographers are constantly requesting to borrow this piece of equipment from our studio. We saw this request over and over. That was the start this whole project! 

 I  brought together my team of filmmakers and presented this challenge to them.

“Design a shoulder rig that is totally awesome, high quality, and make it affordable”

Product Development Process

I first called our prop guy, Lars Nelson, to see if he could build us a prototype that would be lightweight just like the expensive shoulder rigs. He said “give me a design and I can build it.” 

After a several round table discussions, countless drawings and ideas we all agreed on this basic sketch as a design to move forward with.

I passed the sketch along to our prop guy Lars and he began to work. He used a precision CNC machine to manufacture our first prototype.

Once we received the prototype back, our team took it out into the field to begin testing. We used it in our studio and out on location for a few shoots. Our crew came back with some new ideas and improvements. The first being a front deck mount which would allow for new mounting capabilities for cameras. Included in the new front deck would be two slots that could be used as handles to carry the rig and for stabilizing when focusing.

After consulting with our prop master on the logistics of getting handles put on we worked out an alternative design which would include one handle. This design would allow for more stability when focusing and make for carrying the rig easier. In addition, we changed the triangle cutouts to circles for better rigging options and then we were ready to send the design back to Lars for a second prototype production.

Once we received our new design back from Lars we again sent the team out to do more testing. The results showed that our design was close but had room for improvment. The crew requested even more holes for rigging, so we reworked it to add six more including a wider hole towards the bottom for an optional padded counterweight add-on. The crew requested a slight change in size, so we made the frame a little over an inch wider and pulled the shoulder braces in to grip a person's back tighter for even more stability.

Manufacturing

The Motion Source Shoulder Rig will be manufactured by master craftsmen and millwork manufacturer Lars Nelson. Lars is a third generation master craftsman who has been building props for our video productions for over 10 years. In his own business Lars has extensive experience in building mass quantities of city summer projects; where he has built hundreds of Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, clocks, art easels, and more. Lars owns a 5,000 square foot workshop with over 30 stand alone wood working machines; including a CNC machine for manufacturing the shoulder rigs. Lars will lead his team at the workshop in the production of the shoulder rigs. In the main video on this page you can see footage of Lars’ shop and him using the CNC machine to produce our prototypes. The final key needed for manufacturing is a Vacuum Cup for the CNC machine, which will allow Lars to manufacture the shoulder rigs at a rapid rate. Our Kickstarter goal of $1,000 is what is needed for Lars to purchase the Vacuum Cup for manufacturing.

Motion Source Shoulder Rig Team  

John Scaletta-Project Manager and co-owner of Motion Source, a video production company based in Chicago, IL. John has over 20 years experience working in marketing; with a career ranging from website design to video production. 

Craig Bass-Lead Designer and co-owner of Motion Source, a video production company based in Chicago, IL. Craig has over 14 years of experience behind the camera and in the studio. When he is not busy creating video solutions for clients, he is collaborating on indie film projects and immersing himself further in film culture. 

Lars Nelson-Manufacturer; Lars is a third generation master craftsman and millwork manufacturer. Lars owns a 5,000 square foot workshop with tons of equipment; including a CNC machine for manufacturing shoulder rigs. Lars will lead his team at the workshop in the production of the shoulder rigs. 

Chris Pagoria-Page Coordinator;  Chris will assist John with the Kickstarter page, helping to respond to all questions by potential backers, and will be addressing all media requests. 

Amanda Konieczny- Shipping and Logistics;  Amanda will be in charge of shipping all the Shoulder Rigs at the culmination of the campaign. She will be using the USPS for all shipping of rigs via their flat-rate, game board size box.

BIG THANKS from Team Motion Source!
BIG THANKS from Team Motion Source!

MAKING A RIG "COUNTER WEIGHT" VIDEO

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Risks and challenges

This is a low risk Kickstarter, as we are working with Lars Nelson, a third generation master craftsman and millwork manufacturer. We've known Lars for over 15 years, and has been our go to guy for building countless props and sets for films. Lars has extensive experience in building mass quantities of city summer projects where he has built hundreds of adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, clocks, art easels, and more. Plain and simple: The man knows how to get the job done!

Please note: Each rig is precision made on a CNC machine, and then shipped to you with everything you need for assembly (which only takes a few minutes). It is made of Baltic birch plywood, which is very strong and light weight. Each rig may have small wood chips or imperfections due to the base material, or from the manufacturing itself. If you're looking for total perfection this rig may not be for you. However, these minor imperfections (if any) will not affect the use in any way...in other words each rig will have it's own unique thumbprint so to speak, but we guarantee it will function flawlessly!

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    BIG THANKS! - Not only from Team Motion Source, but from indie film makers just starting out who need an affordable yet awesome rig! We all had to start somewhere right? We'll do a jig for the rig in your name.

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    PAY IT FORWARD! - Maybe you don't need a rig, but you'd love to see this project succeed in order to get 'em in the steady hands of aspiring film makers. Donate $29 and we'll throw in the rest and hand deliver a rig to one of the local film schools in Chicago. Your name will be added to the rig itself as the endowment sponsor and we'll send you a photo when the rig is delivered.

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    DIG THE RIG! - You get the Motion Source Shoulder Rig shipped right to your door. Additionally you'll have access to the videos on our demo site showing you all the different ways to use the rig including how to easily build a padded counter weight.

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