The innovative Squishy Lens has been designed to generate unique "distortion" effects that could only be achieved through use of a flexible lens element. The Clairmont Squishy Lens achieves this by using a remote-controlled device that compresses the specially formulated flexible supplemental element (generating over 200 pounds of force) to achieve the infinitely adjustable effects.
As the forward plate compresses the squishy element, it creates an area where light rays entering the taking lens, are undisturbed, while the area around the "clear zone" is curved, defocusing the entering rays. The director or cinematographer can give life to his/her vision via the joystick. From an actress's point of view, she can be made to look manic, a monster can have a point of view of the world unlike any we have ever seen, or a car can be given the illusion of increased speed. Computer controlled actuators accept input from the 3 axis joystick translating the coordinates into motor commands, which in turn, squeeze the squishy element. As the squishy element is compressed more, the "clear zone" increases in diameter, allowing more rays to reach the film undisturbed, creating a variable tunnel effect. The location of the "clear zone" can also be changed via the joystick. The Clairmont Squishy Lens gives immediate effects that can be viewed on the set now! No waiting for dailies to see if the effect works!
The unit is compact, weighing 15 pound. It mounts on 15mm matte box rods in front of 16mm through 65mm prime lenses. It will accept 138mm or 4x5.65 filters in the back. The squishy lens is also very quiet.