How to Build a DIY Wireless Follow Focus Out of LEGOs
The adult in me wants to build my own follow focus, but the kid in me wants to do it with LEGOs.
We all know that LEGOs are the greatest things ever invented and that, if they had a mind to, they could assemble themselves into the multi-colored plastic hero the world deserves and bring about world peace. Until then, they can be used to create some pretty sweet DIY filmmaking gear. In this tutorial, Jacob Kassnoff of Indy Mogul shows you how to craft a wireless follow focus rig out of LEGO Technic pieces, some motors, 3D-printed gear, and two LEGO Mindstorm EV3 programmable bricks. Check it out below:
Okay, unless you're a ginormous LEGO nerd, you probably don't just have these supplies lying around, because rarely are LEGO Technic pieces or LEGO Mindstorm EV3 bricks just sitting in an attic somewhere gathering dust in a box labeled "Kevin's Old Toys." And unless you really, really want a LEGO follow focus, buying them for the sole purpose of building one would be kind of pointless, since the cost would still be insanely high, perhaps just as high (or higher) than an actual remote rig.
However, if you do have these things just lying around, and also a 3D printer, this would be a really fun project. It's intricate and complicated and awesome and I'd friggin' build this in a heartbeat if I had all the materials. I suppose I'll just have to stick to building ramps and souped-up cars with my daughter's LEGO Friends sets.