Posted on Apr 06, 2012

Cinevate makes a really cool cage for filmmakers it’s called Medusa.  The coolest thing about this cage is that you can take it completely apart and use its components for whatever you need. There are 1/4″ threads on everything which makes it a universal piece of equipment.  I took mine apart and used the handles on my “Caleb Pike” rig with a friction arm and quick release base plate before I received my Mattebox and Simplis setup.  Once I received my Mattebox I attached part of the Medusa cage to the top of the Mattebox since there were 1/4″ threads on top.  This gave me a nice top handle which I wouldn’t have otherwise with my battery grip attached to my camera.  Cinevate does sell a Mattebox with the capability for a top handle and extra rails over the top so you can attach your follow focus above the camera which actually gives you more room to move the follow focus if needed.  I am finding that I might have to go that route and get the real accessory but for now this mod works great.  Here are some pics and a Cinevate video about Medusa, follow focus (the real Cinevate Durus), and different ways to rig your stuff around your camera.  Check it out below.