This has got to be one of the most simple/unique Film related Kickstarter campaigns that I have seen yet. Photographer and Camera Man Gert Wegner has developed a device that he calls HipJib, which turns your tripod into a jib arm attached to your hip. Yes, im serious.
The footage shown in the video above looks pretty decent, and the device looks comfortable enough but I just cant get over how silly you will look running around with a tripod hanging off your hip. Also, not everyone is created equal; if you have shaky hands or bad knees/hips then this would likely not be a good idea for you.
All of that said, the project is 73% funded with 37 days remaining so chances are pretty good that this project may actually see the light of day. The other thing that really catches me off about this product is the price, $225 for what essentially amounts to a belt with holes for your tripod legs seems a little steep in my mind.
MSRP aside, if you jump in on the Kickstarter now you can get the HipJib for only a $140 pledge, a pretty good discount over the MSRP of $225.
I am really curious to hear your thoughts on this one. Do you think that this will be a valid tool for indie filmmakers? Yes, No, or Whatever let us know in a comment below!