5 Awesome Kickstarter Funded Filmmaking Tools

Kickstarter is a great place to pitch your film for crowdfunding, but it’s also an ideal place for funding filmmaking gadgets and tools. In fact, this area has an advantage over other creative endeavors where supporters are not only showing their interest in a product, but also pre-ordering it – guaranteeing a profit before it goes to market!

Here are five great filmmaking tools that met their funding goals through Kickstater:

Digital Bolex Camera – It’s a a 2K RAW Digital Cinema camera that will sell for $3,000.  Here’s their pitch:

Once upon a time, motion picture cameras that created high-quality images were affordable for all filmmakers on any budget. Consumer 8mm and 16mm cameras like the original Bolex shot footage that could be projected on any movie theater screen.

In today’s digital market, ‘affordable’ and ‘consumer’ have become synonymous with ‘low-quality’ — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Introducing the Digital Bolex D16, the first digital cinema camera to shoot RAW at a price anyone can afford.

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[/framed_box]Other reviews of this product:  “Digital Bolex – Viva la Revolution!” – zacuto.com

Genie – A motion control time lapse device.  Here’s their pitch:

The Genie! A simple, affordable and extremely easy to use device used for motion control and image capture for Time Lapse Photography + more. The Genie is an all-in-one device used to combine image capture with motion control, capable of either panning or linear movement that’s commonly used in Time Lapse Photography. Simply attach your camera to the top of the Genie, plug it in, and program it to move and shoot to your desired needs.

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[/framed_box]The SnapFocus – The SnapFocus is a cinematic one man band with grip-level focus control.

The SnapFocus allows filmmakers to pull focus and steady the camera on the move, making it easier to achieve Hollywood production value on a shoestring budget. Focus on the fly and give your documentary or cinema vertiè footage an expensive look, or add production value to your projects with really cool technical focus pulls. 

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[/framed_box]Other reviews of this product:  “JJ Abrams Loves the New Indie Film Gear Snapfocus” – jokeandbiagio.com

+ Rhino Slider –  It’s a camera track designed to to give lateral movement when shooting.

Get amazing cinematic video with a GoPro, iPhone, DSLR or RED. The most affordable, ultralight and versatile 48″ slider ever.

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[/framed_box]Other reviews of this product:  “Rhino Slider for DSLR filmmakers Glides Past Kickstarter Target” – gizmag.com

 + The Aviator Travel Jib – A portable, lightweight jib-arm.

Get big budget camera moves from a jib (crane) that weighs less than a bottle of soda, fits in a backpack, and sets up in seconds.

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[/framed_box]Look out for all these products when they come to market.


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  • They funded that through Kickstarter? Woah! They probably did a lot – and I mean, a lot – of marketing to get these projects funded.