THE ATLAS CAMERA SUPPORT SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED BY AN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER.

FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS.

 

WHO/ WHEN/WHY?

MY NAME IS MICHAEL KNOWLES,  AND I AM AN AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER.  MY WIFE KATHY AND I OWN A FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY: dragonbaby productions.  WE ARE A FAMILY-OWNED COMPANY AND OUR SON LOGAN ALSO DOES SOME TESTING FOR ATLAS - SEE HIM IN ACTION HERE.

I WAS INSPIRED TO INVENT THE ATLAS CAMERA SUPPORT SYSTEM IN 2008, AFTER SHOOTING MY FIRST TWO INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILMS ALL HANDHELD.  FINDING MYSELF EXHAUSTED AT THE END OF EACH DAY'S SHOOT, I SEARCHED FOR AN AFFORDABLE SOLUTION THAT WOULD TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF MY ARMS AND SHOULDERS.  THERE WERE MANY STABILIZATION DEVICES ON THE MARKET, BUT ALL OF THEM ADDED MORE WEIGHT TO MY LOAD.  AND THEY WERE EXPENSIVE.  DISAPPOINTED, I SET OUT TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT WOULD WORK FOR ME.

MY WIFE KATHY,  THEN A DESIGN EXECUTIVE, DESIGNED AND MADE THE FIRST PROTOTYPE.  AFTER MANY ROUNDS OF TESTING FOR APPLICABILITY, DURABILITY, COMFORT, EASE-OF-USE AND MANY PROTOTYPES LATER, WE ARRIVED AT THE CURRENT DESIGN.   IN 2009, THE ATLAS WAS AWARDED A PATENT AND WE LAUNCHED OUR COMPANY. 

WE ARE CONTINUOUSLY DOING NEW RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON HOW TO REFINE AND IMPROVE THE ATLAS FOR THE USER AS WELL AS DESIGNING SMART, SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE ACCESSORIES TO COMPLEMENT AND ENHANCE THE PRODUCT.  

 

WHAT IS IT?

THE ATLAS IS A SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE, AND AFFORDABLE CAMERA SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT ALSO PROVIDES A MEASURE OF STABILIZATION.  THE MAIN COMPONENTS ARE A NYLON PADDED BODY HARNESS AND COMPACT FIBERGLASS RODS, PVC PIPES, AND STRAPS.  THE HARNESS IS REINFORCED AT CRITICAL POINTS ON THE BODY WITH A TRI-LAYER SYSTEM PADDING FOR EXTRA CUSHIONING AND COMFORT.  THE LONG FIBERGLASS RODS HAVE SPECIALLY DESIGNED STAINLESS STEEL ENDINGS AND STAINLESS STEEL FITTINGS THAT ALLOW THE RODS TO SEPARATE INTO VERY COMPACT UNITS.  OUR PRODUCT IS PROUDLY MADE AND ASSEMBLED IN THE USA, INCLUDING ALL COMPONENTS AND MACHINED PARTS.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

THE ATLAS COMBINES A COMFORTABLE PADDED BODY HARNESS WITH A FLEXIBLE FIBERGLASS ROD TO HOLD A CAMERA/RIG.  THESE TWO PARTS WORK IN CONJUNCTION WITH EACH OTHER TO TRANSFER THE WEIGHT OF THE CAMERA/RIG TO THE USER'S CORE.  BY ELIMINATING THE STRAIN ON THE SHOULDERS AND ARMS, THE ATLAS ENABLES LONGER PERIODS OF SHOOTING WITH LESS FATIGUE AS WELL AS FREEING UP THE USER TO FOCUS ON THE MORE CREATIVE ASPECTS OF A SHOOT.  THE ATLAS CAN BE USED ALONE, ATTACHED TO CAMERAS WITH OR WITHOUT HANDLES, OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER STABILIZERS SUCH AS A GIMBAL SYSTEM.