movies are often noteworthy not just for their
unique artistic accomplishments, but also for the
new advancements in cinema technology they
progenerate. For Star Wars director
George Lucas, it's his Industrial Light Magic
special effects company.
The uke cam is a fairly complicated piece of
equipment. It's best described to a lay person as
a $10 ukulele with its back removed and attached,
via chaotically layered black gaffer's tape, to
the front of a tripod-mounted Canon XL-1 mini-dv
camera and then further supported at the bottom
with Volume 1 of a quality paperback edition of Mark
Twain's Collected Works, because the
gaffer's tape doesn't actually hold the ukulele
in place very well. Come to think of it, that's
how we'd explain it technically, too.
The paperback edition of Mark Twain's Collected Works, Vol 1, it should be noted, is an optional accessory. We didn't use for every uke cam shot. Some of our uke cam shots are hand-held and quite kinetic, and far too exciting to describe here. (Is the term "thrill ride" too excessive? We think so.) But we will offer this teaser: it was after doing the hand-held uke cam shots that we realized we needed Mark Twain's Collected Works, Vol. 1.
We briefly considered patenting our uke cam invention, but for us, it's not about the money--it's about the collective advancement of our art and craft. Plus, for the life of us, we couldn't think of another instance in which a uke cam might be used.