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Building a DIY Spin Rig for Sci-Fi Short Film Skywatch (w/Jude Law)

1/22/2020 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Building a DIY Spin Rig for Sci-Fi Short Film Skywatch

For their opening "NexPort" commercial at the beginning of SKYWATCH, Colin Levy built a DIY carbon fiber spin rig to swoop the camera in a 360° arc. Take a look behind the scenes at the concept, planning and construction of this ambitious camera move.

SKYWATCH is a sci-fi proof of concept written & directed by Colin Levy. Six years in the making, funded via Kickstarter, and crafted by volunteering artists across the world.

Starring young up-and-comers Uriah Shelton (13 REASONS WHY, LOOKING FOR ALASKA) and Zach Callison (STEVEN UNIVERSE, THE GOLDBERGS), the short also features an appearance by Jude Law.

When two outcast teens hack into a ubiquitous drone delivery system to pull a prank on their neighbor, they accidentally crash-land a dangerous prototype – and find themselves entangled in a life-and-death conspiracy.


Harry Lipnick, who built the rig:
And Ryan Wieber, who inspired the approach:

About Colin Levy:

Colin Levy is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  Previously he worked at Pixar Animation Studios in the Camera & Staging Dept, where he contributed to seven projects including Inside Out and Finding Dory, and served as Director of Photography for the short film Lava.  Let's Get Connected: |  Twitter | Instagram

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