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William GrahamBy William Graham
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William GrahamBy William Graham
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$2,275
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
13
backers
38days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, April 27 2019 9:52 PM UTC +00:00.

About


I built the GimbalGun™ out of necessity. I found myself overloading my first single handle gimbal (CAME TV Optimus) with audio and lighting equipment and my monitor. My monitor was never close enough to my face for proper viewing for precise focusing and framing. Also, it was heavy! With one or even two hands, my arms got tired after long shots. Even during shooting, my arm would not stay at the same level, slowly lowering from fatigue, or jumping up. 

With the GimbalGun™, I can focus on focusing! Having the monitor that close to my face keeps my shots clear and concise. The shoulder strap takes away all the excess weight on the arms. Only one hand is needed to guide the GimbalGun™ allowing the other hand to follow focus, operate the camera, or simply hang out and do nothing. The GimbalGun™ can rest on your shoulder for hours with no fatigue. 

I shoot a lot of run and gun projects - events, concerts, documentaries, weddings, fashion shoots, etc. It involves long hours and a lot of unpredictable scenes where you have to set quick and be able to shoot on the fly. Plus I don't like sticking out like a sore thumb. I don't have the budget for a Easy Rig or Steadicam, nor do I want to wear those robotic devices and sweat all day. The GimbalGun™ gives me a technical yet minimalistic setup that's comfortable for long shoots. My next goal is to mount an Electronic ViewFinder on the monitor mount and shoot with that!

"Shooting from the Hip" The front weight of the gimbal is supported by the shoulder strap and by my elbow simply resting on the back of the GimbalGun™. This keeps the gimbal at a consistent height. It also allows a free hand to control the camera.
"Shooting from the Hip" The front weight of the gimbal is supported by the shoulder strap and by my elbow simply resting on the back of the GimbalGun™. This keeps the gimbal at a consistent height. It also allows a free hand to control the camera.
"Sniper Mode" Raise the GimbalGun™ up to eye level for a perfect view of the monitor. You may also move the monitor mount forward or back on the GimbalGun™ depending on personal preference.
"Sniper Mode" Raise the GimbalGun™ up to eye level for a perfect view of the monitor. You may also move the monitor mount forward or back on the GimbalGun™ depending on personal preference.

The GimbalGun™ supports any single handle gimbal with a 1/4 inch screw insert on the bottom. For gimbals with a 3/8 insert, an adapter is needed. It is made form a lightweight yet strong aluminium 6061 alloy. By itself, it weighs 750 grams. The prototype you see in the photos is 70cm x 6cm x 6cm. The final production version will be smaller at 70cm x 5cm x4cm. It comes with a padded shoulder strap with gun metal swivel hooks, 2 removable handles, and a mini tripod that supports the GimbalGun™ on flat surfaces so you can put it down when you need to reload (batteries or memory cards). 

SAMPLE FOOTAGE

I recently shot a women's campaign video for the clothing brand, Volcom. It was my first time using the GimbalGun™ on a hot summer day in Hossegor, France. I had to wait a lot while the photographer took photos and then I would jump in and get my video shots. I could wait with the GimbalGun™ resting on my shoulder with no fatigue. I even drank a coffee while waiting with the GimbalGun™ on my shoulder. Check out the result below!

Behind the Scenes

I recently found the IOS app, Field Monitor which allows you to wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad to your Sony camera via Sony's PlayMemories in-camera app. So I tried it out on the GimbalGun™ and it worked well! Hardly any delay and no cables necessary.
I recently found the IOS app, Field Monitor which allows you to wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad to your Sony camera via Sony's PlayMemories in-camera app. So I tried it out on the GimbalGun™ and it worked well! Hardly any delay and no cables necessary.
I'm proud to introduce the GimbalGun™. I'm excited to see other camera operators' setups. This is my minimalistic setup and fairly inexpensive kit but gets me the shots I need. FeiyuTech G6 Plus, Sony A6500, Sigma 16mm 1.4, Feelworld Monitor, Rode VideoMicro, Zoom H1N audio recorder.
I'm proud to introduce the GimbalGun™. I'm excited to see other camera operators' setups. This is my minimalistic setup and fairly inexpensive kit but gets me the shots I need. FeiyuTech G6 Plus, Sony A6500, Sigma 16mm 1.4, Feelworld Monitor, Rode VideoMicro, Zoom H1N audio recorder.

Improvements from First Prototype

While working with a 3D product designer and manufacturer in Spain, we have made several improvements in the design from the initial prototype you see in the photos. We found the threaded holes in the aluminium wore down after extensive use and tightening the D-ring screws became difficult. We replaced those with stainless steel threaded rivets that are much more durable over time and usage. We found that the GimbalGun™ was a bit to wide and tall, making it a bit bulky. We have slimmed the new design down, making it lighter and easier to access the underside to screw in screws. 

What's in the Box

  • 1x 70cm Aluminium Support with stainless steel threaded rivets 
  • 1x Padded Shoulder Strap with Gun Metal Swivel hooks
  • 2x Professional 1/4 Inch Standard Screw Camera Strap w/ Quick Release to attach shoulder strap 
  • 2x Hand Grip with 1/4 "Thread On Head & 3/8 Inch Screw Hole + 1/4" – 3/8 Thread Screw Adapter. Allowing you to mount the hand grip on the support where you like.
  • 1x Adjustable Monitor Mount with slip resistant grip and  1/4" threaded hole at bottom and mini ball head at top. This allows you to mount your monitor at the desired position on the support and adjust your monitor in different angles. 
  • 1x Aluminium Mini Tripod with Ball Head for Support. This allows you to place the GimbalGun™ on a flat surface without falling over and can be used as an additional grip. 
  • Sorry, no gimbal or monitor is provided with the GimbalGun™ 

And free hat with purchase of your first edition GimbalGun™ !

Recieve a Limited Edition GimbalGun™ Hat, custom Made in the USA, Organic Duck Cotton, 5-panel camper hat with embroidered logo and nylon strap closure.
Recieve a Limited Edition GimbalGun™ Hat, custom Made in the USA, Organic Duck Cotton, 5-panel camper hat with embroidered logo and nylon strap closure.

If you have any questions before or after you back this project, please email me @ info@gimbalgun.com

Follow @gimbalgun on Instagram for upcoming footage, behind the scenes and product news. 

Risks and challenges

A challenge has been to find a manufacturers that can produce the GimbalGun™ at a reasonable rate. If the project is funded by Kickstarter backers, I will be able to produce the minimums required by the manufacturers. It was fairly expensive to build the prototype but I'm confident in the product because I'm using it on almost every shoot I work on.

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