Cinehack is a hardware hacking resource for filmmakers; the project has a central website ( which features tried-and-tested DIY rigs and products which can be used to obtain high quality video. Cinehack also runs workshops with motivated self-taught video-producers from within communities. The workshops are designed to support self-sufficiency and encourage the establishment of a sustainable video production culture within the community through shared tools and expertise. In doing so, we hope to enable communities to produce high-quality videos without needing to use expensive equipment or rely upon external expertise.


Cinehack [sin•ee•hak]
1. (v.) A low/no budget, DIY approach to image and sound production that values hardware hacking, openness, collaboration, accessibility and the use of sustainable, local materials to produce affordable tools to support high quality video production.
2. (n.) A tool developed using this approach. (pl. Cinehacks)

Cinehacking [sin•ee•hak•ing]
(v.) To develop, produce, share, test, review or use a Cinehack.

Cinehacker [sin•ee•hak•uh]
(n.) Anyone who shares the values above. No membership fees.

Let’s make filmmaking open-source!

Let’s support each other to be creative makers.

Let’s share, re-use and repair stuff.

Let’s use local, sustainable materials to build stuff.

Let’s do as much as we can with as little resources as possible.

Let’s not pretend to be revolutionaries – this is already happening!

Check out our project in South Africa working with local hip hop community empowering to create video content to share there ideas and music.

Copyright: James Davoll