Photo Kickstarter o’ the Week – The Rocket Travel Slider

“Sliders and dollies help you tell your story with beautiful camera moves.” So sayeth filmmaker Zeke Kamm of Nice Industries. Hard to argue with that statement. Well-placed, well-executed dolly shots increase production value, no question there. They can also increase production time and total gear load, as traditional sliders are bulky and a bitch to set up.

That’s where Kamm’s Rocket Travel Slider comes in. Capable of delivering up to 10 foot long, smooth dolly shots, the Rocket Travel Slider sets up in minutes and breaks down into a tight little travel package the size of a shoe box. Schlepers rejoice: the Rocket Base Kit (sled w/ mount, wheels, bar ends) weighs in at a scant 3 1/2 lbs. Not bad for a slider that can support up to 45 lbs.

Kamm + Co. have developed a set of 2 lb., 6-foot-long set of carbon fiber rails to go with the Rocket Base Kit called the Rocket Travel Tracks. They break down into 24 inch lengths and come with their own padded bag. But for those traveling videographers who really want to go light, the Base Kit wheels will work with any EMT pipe that you can grab at most hardware stores. Meaning you can travel to location with just the Base Kit and load up the tracks once you’ve touched down — you’ll probably pay around $10 at most stores (but you’ll be saving on airline oversized baggage costs).

A $425 pledge gets you the Base Kit, which is roughly $100 less than list + shipping. Want to donate and dolly? Pledge here.

5 Responses to Photo Kickstarter o’ the Week – The Rocket Travel Slider

  1. Paul Richardson April 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I’m still amazed that a few pieces of aluminum can be sold for $525 (after kickstarter price).

    If you want a more budget version, juicedlink sells the exact same kit for $200.

    Still, I’d prefer to go down the DIY route and knock something up myself :)

    • Wes April 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Yeah and a car is just a few pieces of aluminum and rubber right? Your clothing is just a piece of cotton…

  2. faisal April 19, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Wow, this kit can transform video making.

  3. Greg April 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Cool slider. Unfortunate they gave it the same name as the RED Rocket from RED.

    • Sime May 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Greg – it’s called the Rocket Travel Slider. :D

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