The concept of The Lens Cuff
As a thought experiment, ThE LEns Cuff began around late 2018…
The idea was to move the mounting point of the Follow Focus motors from the base or somewhere around the camera body, to the lens itself and make a closed system that is no longer affected by external forces and in turn does not affect any external forces to the camera or the surrounding system. And after a few chunky 3D printed prototypes the idea was shelved.
Due to other obligations, scheduled shoots, unexpected VFX jobs, etc, development was pushed back. Until the 2020 pandemic when we were forced to stay at home with my expectant wife staring at my new 3D printer wondering what to do… And in one evening, armed with patience and a lot of inspiration, I came up with the current shape and form. Based on the General Theory of Relativity, “The Relativity Mount” was born!
So, as a DP or 1st AC, you’d think that asking an assistant on set to “go fetch a Relativity Mount” would be a mouthful and you’d be right.
Looking back to the initial design where two halves were locked in place with a screw, it started to look more like a handcuff… and so ThE LEns Cuff became a thing!
Gregory Karydis is a VFX artist and Cinematographer with over two decades of experience in productions of almost any scale, from indie short films to TV commercials and even Hollywood blockbusters.