Go to PORTFOLIO HOME PAGE  

FUNSTUFF

    
 
 

The Floatcam is my highest acheivement to date. I didn't have $40,000 for a real Steadycam when I was in college (back before there were all of these knockoffs), so I decided to make one myself. The problem was I didn't really know how it worked. I actually built a shock absorber out of PVC pipe, thinking that's how this contraption works. Alas, the shock absorber was not needed even though it worked great!

After years of trial and error, I came up with a design that I thought was better than the original. For example, when you swivel the camera around, the LCD monitor stays right in front of the operator at all times. Another improvement was an LED colored leveling indicator I developed so it is viewable from the operators peripheral vision.

 

 
The proud Inventor
All above created from scratch (except camera)
The LCD monitor with LED level indicator below it.
       
 
 
On location for the movie Sally And Jess
On location for student film
At Riverside Raceway
 
 
A Universal Marketing event
 
On location for student film
       
       
 
  The light flash is actually an amazing, simple gadget. It allows the camera to see into the shadow area by 'flashing' the image before it gets to the lens. By applying a very low, but even amount of light, the 'gamma' is raised and you magically start seeing the shadow definition appear - in camera! The need for extra lights on a set is greatly reduced. No guesswork here. What you see is what you get. Of course you can add colored gels to give color to the shadows....
   
 
 
 

PORTFOLIO HOME
RESUME/BIO
     USER INTERFACES     GRAPHIC DESIGN      PHOTOGRAPHY    IMAGE REGENERATION     
IMAGE RESTORATION       MULTIMEDIA/VIDEO/BLUESCREEN        MUSIC     INVENTIONS      FUN STUFF



  All images Copyright 2008 Russell Latimer
Please do not reproduce/copy without permission.