The Lo-Pro Nodal Head
Below you can scroll down to see the pitch deck and proposal I created for the development of the LPNH. I have considered crowd funding through Indie Go Go and Kickstarter, but then thought maybe I should keep this private at first and see what happens.
The following is a list of questions crowdfunding encourages it’s entrepreneurs to share:
EXCUSE THE CAPS.
Tell people about your unique perks. Get them excited!
I STARTED THIS PROJECT IN 2008, BACK THEN I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO RAISE MONEY OR THAT I WAS EVEN AN INVENTOR NEVER MIND ENTREPRENEUR (THANK YOU! HOW I BUILT THIS podcast) SO YEAH THIS HAS BEEN A PASSION OF MINE FOR WELL OVER 10 YEARS THAT JUST WONT GO AWAY. I AM HOPING IT BECOMES A BETTER OR AT LEAST DIFFERENT WAY TO OPERATE A CAMERA.
Describe where the funds go if you don’t reach your entire goal.
I SET MY NEXT GOAL AT $100K FIGURING I MANAGED TO MAKE THE FIRST PROTOTYPE IN THE CLOSET OF MY APARTMENT FOR ABOUT $300 THEN THE WORKING ENGINEERED MORE REALIZED PROTOTYPE FOR LESS THAN $20K. THE BIGGEST HURDLES NEXT ARE PATENTS AND FINISHED MANUFACTURING.
I AM FULLY CONFIDENT I WILL RAISE THE ENTIRE $100K.
I WILL CAP IT AT $100k.
Explain why your project is valuable to the contributor and to the world.
AS YOU WILL READ IN THE PITCH, THE CURRENT HEADS CAUSE A PARALLAX SHIFT EVERY TIME YOU TILT, THEY ARE ALSO CLUMSY, CUMBERSOME AND HEAVY. IT’S ALSO A 70 YEAR OLD ARCHAIC DESIGN, STILL FUNCTIONAL? SURE, BUT MY GOAL IS THAT THIS WILL BE A COMPLIMENTARY IF NOT BETTER OPTION, ESPECIALLY IN THE DIGITAL AGE. THERE ARE ALSO PERKS FOR VFX. DID I MENTION THE TARGET WEIGHT IS LESS THAN HALF OF THE 2575?
ADDITIONALLY DO WE EVEN MENTION THE WEAVER AND LAMBDA? I’D WAGER THE LPNH WILL REPLACE THOSE HEADS ON 70% OR MORE OF THE SHOTS THEY WOULD BE USED FOR. GREAT FOR CAR MOUNTS TOO, REPLACING THE BALL CAMERA LEVELING MOUNT.
Point out your successful track record with projects like this (if you have one).
WELL YOUR GONNA HAVE TO TRUST ME, BUT I DO HAVE DRIVE AND COMMITMENT, CONSIDER MY CAREER FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AS A VFX PA TO CINEMATOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR AS WELL AS CAMERA OPERATOR, JOURNALIST, SCREENWRITER AND NOW…INVENTOR! I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN BUILDING RIGS SINCE MY EARLY DAYS IN VFX. WE ARE ALSO IN GOOD COMPANY WITH ENGINEER MARTY MUELLER BY MY SIDE.
Make it real for people and build trust.
FOR THOSE WHO KNOW ME, I GUESS THIS WILL BE THE TEST TO SEE IF YOU TRUST ME TOO. I AM HOPEFUL TO HAVE ONE ON ONE WITH ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN DISCUSSING THE APPLICATIONS OF THE LPNH.
Value Risk & Challenges
People value your transparency. Be open and stand out by providing insight into the risks and obstacles you may face on the way to achieving your goal.
Share what qualifies you to overcome these hurdles.
I AM PERSISTENT THAT IS FOR SURE, I AM STEADFAST AND DEDICATED, I HAVE COME THIS FAR AND I HAVE A WORKING PROTOTYPE, THAT’S GOTTA SAY SOMETHING.
Describe your plan for solving these challenges.
I ALREADY HAVE A HANDFUL OF CONSULTANTS FROM PHASE I, ‘A’ LIST CAMERA OPERATORS AS WELL AS PANAVISION. MARTY IS A DARN GOOD ENGINEER IF YOU HAVE EVER SEEN ANY OF HIS MSM IMAX CAMERAS YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. HE’S ALSO A HELLUVA NICE GUY.
IN CLOSING, THIS IS WHAT THE COOL KIDS WOULD CALL ‘NEXT LEVEL SHIT!’ MY JOURNEY AS A FILMMAKER HAS BEEN CURIOUS INDEED, NEVER TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER AND CERTAINLY EXPERIENCING UPS AND DOWNS ALONG THE WAY, WHEN MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE JUST BEEN SATISFIED. BUT AS I PROGRESSED SO DID MY YEARNING AND DRIVE. AT THIS POINT I’VE HELD A LOT OF DIFFERENT JOBS IN THIS BUSINESS, BUT NEVER VEERING TOO FAR FROM CAMERA, JUST PICKING UP MORE SKILLS ALONG THE WAY TO CONTINUE TO DIVERSIFY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT,
I CAN ARRANGE DEMOS WITH THE PROTOTYPE I AM HAPPY TO SHARE BASIC INFORMATION AND LISTEN TO ADVISE.
I ASSUME THERE WILL BE SOME QUESTIONS.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT AND ASK.
I ASSUME I HAVE MADE MISTAKES AND OVERLOOKED A FEW THINGS.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS.
WHAT DOES THE FINAL DESIGN LOOK LIKE?
I AM WORKING ON THAT AS I LAUNCH THIS CAMPAIGN. A 3-D RENDERING WILL SOON BE COMMISSIONED.
DO YOU HAVE BETTER VIDEO?
YES COMING SOON. (BELOW WAS A DEMO I SHOT IN EARLY SPRING)
CAN I TEST IT?
YES, I CAN ARRANGE THAT.
IS IT A MITCHELL BASE?
YES, I AM USING THE CARDELLINI HEAD LOCK, MITCHELL MOUNT.
HAVE I USED IT ON A PROJECT YET?
NOT YET (Lately I have been operating a lot and it’s tough bringing any new gear on a show without a lot of paperwork)
HAVE I SEEN A NEED FOR THE HEAD?
EVERY DAY I AM ON SET.
WHY ARE COSTS AND ESTIMATES BLURRED OUT ON THE DECK?