The Cinehack project is all about the stuff they won’t teach you at film school, and like a lot of maker projects Cinehack was born through necessity.
Renting — let alone buying — professional quality film equipment is prohibitively expensive. But if you want a certain shot, then you need the right equipment, and if you can’t afford to rent it, then you have to build it.
We’ve seen really good uses of off-the-shelf maker technology to replicate hugely expensive film kit before, for instance the Frozen Raspberry — a bullet-time rig built from 48 individual Raspberry Pi boards, each with a Pi camera module attached, arranged in a circle and set up to take pictures simultaneously — but Cinehack takes it all the way back to basics. Their slider rig consists of some copper pipe, some plastic tubing, and a couple of plastic t-junctions, and costs significantly less than $10 to build.