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Friday, September 02, 2005

Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build

Here is something for the DIY crowd. Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build is a great book by Dan Selakovich that gives you step by step instructions on how to, you guessed it, build your own dollies, car mounts and camera cranes. It's a real cut-to-the-chase approach that allows you, the filmmaker, to make a rig for a lot less than the cost of a day rental. Think about it, you might want some crane shots in your film that requires a three day rental. Build the "Big Combo" crane and you can allocate those funds for something else like feeding your crew better. A few things you will need are space to do your work and a good set of tools. There is really nothing in this book that you will not be able to find at the big chain home centers and your local hardware store but you might have to do a little hunting. Make a run to Home Depot or Lowes and you are in business. All tools and materials to build the rigs are clearly listed along with how-to photos and metric measurements for filmmakers outside the U.S. Photos are in black and white to keep the book's cost down. Check out the site where you can see Quicktimes samples of the rigs in action. Impressive. The book sells for $39.95 directly from the site and is worth every penny. No independent filmmaker should be without it. John Cassavetes would have been proud.


Blogger 7aki neswen said...

i looked it up on the internet...this book is definitely a must-have! if only i could afford it right now

5:05 PM  
Blogger J. Ott said...

I will have a full review of the book up on my site in about a month. What rigs are of greatest interest to people?

12:22 PM  

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