Incredible. Looking forward to seeing this. Huge thumbs up to the filmmakers and their journey to capture such a great story in a cinematic way.
This is a great article, thank you very much. I have one complaint because it bothered me the whole time I read the article:
“Sure, Arri and Panavision and RED have invented a lot over the years,”
Sorry but Red is not in the same league as Arri and Panavision. While they’ve made some cameras some people appreciate, their contribution to the field pales in comparison. There are plenty of companies to mention, just for perspective:
Zeiss - 170 years (c.1846)
Kodak - 127 years (c. 1889)
Cooke - 123 years (c.1893)
Arri - 99 years (c.1917)
Mole Richardson - 89 years (c. 1927)
Angenieux - 81 years (c.1935)
Pannavision - 63 years (c. 1953)
Matthews - 48 years (c.1968)
Aaton - 45 years (c.1971)
American Grip - 32 years (c.1984)
Red - 11 years (c. 2005)
Jim Jannard was making Oakley’s during some of the most innovative and necessary achievements in the field.
This is super cool and generous information. I have to say the real cost is not revealed, this gentlemen has a shop full of tools, the experience to use them, and the ability to be a creative problem solver, which is a very valuable skill set. The R&D time for this prototype is prob around $2500, the build time another $2000. That's a low estimate.
If you refined this product and went into production, in which you would need to make a living, you'd need a couple more skilled people, custom parts made by a large manufacture, larger facility, more tools and all the rest of the overhead that comes with owning a business. My guess, that puts this product at the $8 to $10 grand mark at least.
This is why equipment cost so much in our industry, it's low volume, niche, specialized gear.
But hey if you want to work for free I have a couple custom table frames that need to be welded together. All in good fun here with a different perspective.