We've talked about travel sliders here at No Film School a couple of times before. However, even the smallest of sliders can be a hassle to get into your backpack, and most of them aren't particularly useful if you want to slide any more than two or three feet (which, let's face it, we all do). Enter Nice Industries, creator of the wildly popular Aviator Travel Jib, with a brand new product, the Red Rocket Travel Slider. This is no ordinary slider, however, as the components to get it all set up can be fit in a case the size of a shoe box. But that's not all, with a track length of anywhere up to ten feet (yeah, you heard that correctly), the Red Rocket might just be one of the most versatile travel sliders ever. Check out the Kickstarter launch video below:
What's most interesting, and perhaps revolutionary, about this slider is the fact that it is designed to work with standard EMP pipe which can be bought on the cheap at your local hardware store. Because the user has the option to use of any length of track depending on the shot (and do so cheaply), the Red Rocket Travel Slider is not only one of the best bargains that you'll find in terms of travel sliders, but it's also the most versatile. Of course, Nice Industries also has a set of premium six-foot carbon fiber tracks, which break down into two-foot sections for ultimate portability, to accompany the slider.
In addition to offering the Red Rocket Travel Slider at a discounted price through their Kickstarter, the fine folks over at Nice Industries are also offering the slider paired with their innovative Aviator Travel Jib at some of the higher donation levels. If you haven't already seen the video for the Aviator, check it out below:
The Red Rocket slider, in tandem with the Aviator jib, looks to make one of the most portable (not to mention affordable) combinations for achieving highly complex and cinematic camera moves. I'm personally a huge fan of the jib/dolly combo (jolly?) because it provides one the most precise and versatile systems of camera movement short of getting out the Steadicam. The possibilities are endless, and the entry price point for achieving such camera moves has never been this low.
What do you guys think? Do you see yourselves making use of the Red Rocket Travel Slider on your next set? What about the Red Rocket/Aviator combo for some sweet jolly moves? Let us know in the comments.