24shots has solved the problem of how to give filmmakers and videographers precise focus control without sacrificing stability. The answer is the Silencer, a sleek and professional follow focus system that’s quietly revolutionizing filmmaking. As the only trigger-controlled focus technology of its kind on the market, the Silencer makes its mark as the system of choice for low budget filmmakers to large-scale productions.
Until recently, follow focus systems have demanded a compromise on the part of filmmakers. Dial-operated systems require the videographer to take one hand off the rig, losing stability; employing a focus puller means the videographer gives up focus control entirely to another person, and loses part of the budget that could be used towards the production. Alternatives have thus far been bulky, noisy, expensive or all three. None of these choices are likely to enhance production value.
Enter the Silencer – a whisper-quiet, compact system with an intuitive, joystick-like trigger that mounts on the rig or any round object. Videographers can effortlessly adjust focus on the run with the slightest finger pressure. From a technology perspective, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Silencer is its tri-rail system which keeps the system compact but also adds more space for camera accessories.
The Silencer is available in three models: Lite, Pro and Pro Zoom. The Silencer Lite is ideal for beginning filmmakers working with a tight budget and offers two rails and one rig setup. The Silencer Pro enables three setups, a more sensitive trigger and a faster motor. The Silencer Pro Zoom comes with an additional trigger optimized for zoom lenses and can mount to rigs in nine different ways.
In March, a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Silencer raised in excess of $80,000, blowing past the goal of $28,000. The campaign unlocked stretch goals in the process, including a 19mm rail system, gear drive, and a shoe mount option.
The Silencer’s novel technology has attracted a warm response from the industry. Glowing reviews have appeared in tech publications, all remarking on how 24shots has contributed to leveling the playing field for indie filmmakers. Early reviewers and testers have likewise agreed that the Silencer is unmatched in enabling filmmakers to achieve commercial production values on even modest budgets.
Full production of all Silencer models is underway. Units are now shipping to both Kickstarter campaign backers and to filmmakers who have ordered the Silencer on the 24shots website.
We’re 24shots, a group of camera gear enthusiasts who have one major goal: We want to equip you with the gear you need to face any filmmaking change that lies ahead of you. We are modernizing and innovating the filmmaking tools you use every day which means they’ll work so perfectly for your needs that you will never even have to think about equipment; you just have to focus on making the best possible films.