So what have I been doing this past week when I haven't been posting? Well for one, I was doing my best to create a home made shoulder mount for my Canon HV20. I've worked on several shoots where the camera ops used smaller hand held camcorders on a shoulder support called the Spider Brace. From what I've used of the little PVC shoulder mounts, I like their light weight, and they're reasonably comfortable to use. For my little consumer camera however, the stock Spider Brace put the camera too far out in front of my body to hold it very stable.
In addition, I kind of had a hard time justifying a $70 shoulder mount that looks like it's made entirely of PVC conduit. I figured with a trip to my local home improvement store and a free evening, I could build my own Spider Brice that would fit my camera and my body even better than the original. Turns out, I was right.
Pictures and more details to follow... I promise.
-- UPDATE --
I've been trying to get some pictures of the shoulder mount, but it seems my wife always has our digital camera whenever I'm working on this blog. I've gotten some pictures of the rig itself, but I had to take them with my HV20, so of course it doesn't have a camera attatched.