It seems like there is always something interesting not made for making movies that you can twist around for a filmmaking purpose. While looking for a way to make my cell phone more "poseable" so it could sit or hang while I watched a video, I found this $2 spider thing. It has eight spindly legs and a rubberized surface and you can slap your phone into it and put it into all kinds of positions.
Like the spring-loaded cell phone tripod mount before it, this gizmo is easily repurposed to hold other things, most obviously smaller audio recorders like the Zoom H1 Handy Recorder. It can hold other items as well (like power supplies attached to tripod legs--see the video), but it seems really disposed to wrapping around a recorder for more mounting options than afforded by the 1/4-20 plastic mounting threads found on the back. In fact, if your threads are shot, who cares? Use the spider.
If anyone has other productions uses for this "Spider Gripper", I'd love to hear them. Please comment below! Everyone can benefit from your contribution.
OTHER STUFF FEATURED IN THIS VIDEO
1/4-20 Flash Hot Shoe Mount Adapter
Metal Camera Quick Release Assembly
Gorillapods (and clones) on eBay
Music: "Kick Shock" by Kevin MacLeod