When iOgrapher's inventor/founder Dave Basulto first approached me last spring about his new invention, I knew he had something special. My gut told me that consumers would love it; and I knew the professional production crowd would love it too (the best camera is the one you have with you, right!?).
But what I wasn't expecting was the outpouring from the educational community - not only from filmschools, but from high schools and the university leve as well. So I was really excited - and proud - when the University of Arizona reached out and told us about the amazing things they're doing with special needs students.
And I was especially proud to be involved with this announcement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
iOgrapher® LLC and the University of Arizona Project FOCUS to Help Students with Disabilities Learn Filmmaking Techniques on the iPad Mini
iOgrapher Filmmaking Case for the Apple iPad Mini Incorporates Design Ideal for Students with Disabilities; Handles Make it Easier to Hold, Shoot Video
San Marino, CA (October, 23 2013) – The creators of the patent-pending iOgrapher® filmmaking support case for the iPad Mini (www.iographer.com) today announced that it has been chosen by the University of Arizona’s Project FOCUS to help students with disabilities learn filmmaking and editing techniques using the Apple iPad Mini and the new iOgrapher filmmaking support case.
The University of Arizona’s Project FOCUS is dedicated to supporting students with intellectual and physical disabilities, and has designed innovative curricula for its students, built on technologies such as the Apple iPad, to help them overcome challenges and ultimately thrive. While Project FOCUS provides iPads to each of its students, many students struggle with grasping and balancing the iPad while shooting video. The iOgrapher, with its built-in handles and tripod mounts has been selected by the University’s Project FOCUS as the ideal solution to enhance the mobile filmmaking experience for their students.
Phyllis Brodsky is project coordinator for Project FOCUS, University of Arizona. While searching for tools and technologies to enhance the curriculum and overall university experience for her students with disabilities, she discovered iOgrapher.
“When I found the iOgrapher, my first thought was how this product could have an unexpected, yet significant impact on people with disabilities,” said Phyllis. “Project FOCUS’ primary aim is helping students with intellectual and physical disabilities better experience the University life, attend courses and just experience campus life at the University of Arizona to the fullest. A one-to-one iPad program is a big part of our program, and videography and photography are often a big part of what our students do. Some use photos or videos to communicate while others like making short video productions that they post on YouTube. We are excited to have the opportunity to use the iOgrapher with our group of students. I believe it will offer them greater physical stability, visual focus and fine motor dexterity then they've had in the past. It will also step it up a notch for them as they think about using it to record interviews and create more professional-style videos.”
About the iOgrapher for the iPad
The iOgrapher for the Apple iPad is the first all purpose film making case for the iPad and iPad Mini and is designed and manufactured in the United States. The iOgrapher is constructed from high quality, extremely tough polycarbonate, and its patent-pending design is for everyone from families with kids, to students, to Indies and professional filmmakers and videographers.
The iOgrapher’s unique design features two handles on each side of the case, transforming the iPad mini into a hand-held ‘steadicam rig’ which eliminates shaky footage common when shooting video with mobile devices. The iOgrapher is also designed to enable consumers and filmmakers alike to easily add 37mm lenses to its lens mount area for wide angles, fisheye looks, or to capture macro or close up shots. Users can attach lighting and audio gear to its three accessory shoes on the top of the case. The bottom of the case is designed to enable mounting to any standard tripod, monopod, or portable dolly.
Created by high-school media arts teacher and filmmaker, Dave Basulto, the iOgrapher was inspired by Dave’s students, who he wanted to empower with the ability to shoot and edit video, take stills and stream video live - all from an inexpensive, accessible device.
Pricing and Availability
The iOgrapher for the iPad Mini is available immediately. Priced at $65.00 USD, the iOgrapher can be purchased by visiting www.iographer.com. The Company is also now accepting pre-orders for the iOgrapher for the iPad 3 and 4. Pre-orders can also be placed by visiting www.iographer.com.
The iOgrapher for the Apple iPad is the first all purpose film making case for the iPad. Constructed from high grade, extremely tough moulded plastic, the iOgrapher is designed for everyone from families with kids, to students, to Indies to professional filmmakers and videographers. For more information, please visit www.iographer.com, follow us on Twitter at @iographer, or ‘Like’ us in Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Iographer.
iOgrapher is a Registered Trademark of iOgrapher LLC. All iOgrapher product designs are patent-pending.