My Story For many years I've worked as a camera operator, starting back in London in the mid 1980s. When the Steadicam first came around, as a director, I was an early user, but it was prohibitively expensive.
Then I moved here to the USA, continuing to work as a camera op/director for many years .... and still do.
A while back I was working on a small job and they suggested I use some glide/steadicam thing and it was just sucky. Too floaty and needed rebalancing whenever I changed the lens. So I went home and made my own. Much simpler and much more control. It worked perfectly.
If you don't like The pStik, you can return it for a full refund.
"The pStik, with its $65 price tag, is an ideal addition to any young filmmaker or photographer’s gear bag" - Wired.
How it works It's really all about Newtonian physics. Big cameras give you a steady shot because they have mass, but small cameras don't. You could solve this by strapping a 20lb brick to your DSLR, but that would look silly. So by adding weight to the bottom of a monopod, the camera becomes more steady, but only on two axes .... and there are three. So you move the weights out to the end, giving you stability on the third axis.
Along with your pStik, you will get access to an instructional video, with a few suggestions on how to get the best shooting results.
"Now wait," I hear you say, "have I not seen that before?" Yes, you have, but they all have a weird gimbal mechanism that the hand hold mounts on .... and you don't need it.
The pStik has no fiddly gimbals. No moving parts at all. We did have one, but an improved design has done away with even that. There are three colors available right now. Deep Red. Black and Natural Wood. Pictures will be up soon. There will soon be custom paint jobs available as well.
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West Coast - $10 ~ East Coast and Canada - $16 ~ Overseas - $26
Using The pStik is very easy indeed. There's no real training needed allowing the user to start shooting immediately. The monopod is NOT included, but I will be adding a monopod in the rewards section as soon as possible.
This is Gadget trying out The pStik for the very first time.
This is me shooting with a Canon T3i (10mm-22mm Wide zoom). We were shooting a pilot for a reality show.
This is Terry Pratt trying out The pStik for the first time. Terry has a long list of credits as a DP.
This is just a quick clip of me walking through my loft so you can see the difference side by side. .
This is how people reacted to The pStik at the DVEXPO in Pasadena recently.
Risks and challenges
The great thing about The pStik is it's simplicity. To be honest, you really could make it yourself, just like I did. But it would take you a day or two. That's why I've priced it as low as possible. As I said ..... you could make it yourself, but this is such a good value, why would you. With your help .... and Kickstarter, I will be able to make these Pstik with only the very best European plywood.
The other good thing about keeping it simple is it makes it 100% doable. In a few months, there will be hundreds, maybe thousands, of Pstiks shooting all sorts of stuff all over the world. No software development. No real hardware development. Just a great idea to make your movie making a little more stable.
You get me .... and a Pstik for two days. I'm a very good camera operator and I will help you shoot whatever you need to shoot ... and you get to keep the Pstik at the end of the day. http://www.paynie.net <~~ To see showreel.
You get me .... and a Pstik for a whole week. I'm a very good camera operator and I will help you shoot whatever you need to shoot ... and you get to keep the Pstik at the end of the day. http://www.paynie.net <~~ To see showreel.