Friday, July 30, 2021

DV Shop 20th Anniversary Musings


The DV Shop celebrated its 20th Anniversary in May, and this post is a wee bit over-due. I’m writing this on the eve of our summer vacation shutdown, typing with tired fingers and a mushed brain.

Well, it’s been quite a year, to say the least. Covid-19 has been challenge on so many levels (personal-wise, business-wise, society-wise), and the DV Shop, luckily, has done okay. We are very grateful to our customers who have remained loyal during these times, and are very fortunate to be in a business that remained strong in the pandemic. We were able to pivot to curb-side very easily, so for all the challenges that arose and are in fact still present, we were able to ride the Covid roller-coaster and come out fine. So far so good. Our hearts go out to the businesses, and the people who work there, that were not able to ride that roller coaster so easily. We realize how lucky we are, and are very grateful for that luck.

So how do we sum up 20 years? To paraphrase Elton John, we’re still standing. Despite the never-ending challenges that came our way (and there were many), we somehow managed to weave, duck and pivot from all the punches thrown; scrape the cash together to keep fighting for another day (and sometimes that cash was mighty low); and through sheer perseverance and determination (and maybe some stubbornness) we kept the doors open in the early days when we really had no right to be in business. And we’re still here 20 years later, stronger than ever.

Single word on how I’m feeling? Exhausted. I’m working more 7 day weeks than 6, (no 5 day work weeks for DV Dude); 70 hours a week, for 20 years, and it starts to take a toll. Yes, the first world problems of running a successful business. So I’m happily exhausted! Off for a short vacation, to re-charge the batteries, and to prepare for whatever comes next.



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Up-Cycle An Old Cage For Your Smartphone

Just for fun we made a smokin' smartphone rig using a dead stock Shogun Cage Kit which is only compatible with the original Shogun and Ninja Assassin. We've been staring at that thing wondering what it might be good for.

What we used to bling out a simple smartphone:
* Shogun Cage Kit
* Nanlite LumiPad 11 - Dimmable Bi-Color Soft LED Panel
*Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera Mic
Connected the mic to the phone using as TRS to TRRS adapter included in the Audio-Technica ATR3350is Lav Kit
* Joby GripTight Mount PRO used to mount the smartphone on the cage. Connected the GripTight to the cage with a 1/4 to 1/4 thread adapter from Small Rig.

The mic and the light were mounted to the top of the cage using shoe mounts from Small Rig.