1st Edition

Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build
How to Build Your Own Camera Cranes, Car Mounts, Stabilizers, Dollies, and More!

ISBN 9780240813370
Published August 10, 2010 by Routledge
412 Pages 2400 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Don't buy or rent your fillm equipment - build it! Construct professional-quality camera rigs on your own with this comprehensive, step-by-step guide and stop wasting your money on overpriced equipment rentals and purchases! Dan Selakovich guides you through the creation of jibs, dollies, cranes, car-mounts, sandbags, tripods, and more. Features include:

  • Build inexpensive but reliable and sturdy rigs-including cranes, dollies, stabilizers, car-mounts, and more; most for much less than $100!
  • Includes over 2,000 photographs with clear step-by-step instructions, safety guidelines, material lists, and tool lists for each rig.
  • American standard and  meric measurements included.
    Includes a companion web site: http://dvcamerarigs.com/


Table of Contents

Introduction; The Dark Passage Dolly; The Shock Corridor Camera Stabilizer; The Big Combo Crane; The Third Man Tripod; The Steel Trap Spreader; They Drive By Night Car Mount; The Killers Kiss Crane; The Sweet Smell of Success Pooper-Scooper Cam; The Touch of Evil Cam; The Harder They Fall Sand Bags; The Big Carnival Crane; Painting Your Rigs

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"If you wanted to start a film studio but only had $1,000, then this would be the book for you. You could be a "DreamWorks" in miniature. You can, believe it or not, build a crane for less than $100; a cheaper alternative then spending thousands of dollars to buy one or $500 to rent one."


"If there's one thing Killer Camera Rigs has done for me, it has started me thinking outside of the box. Not that I had loads of name-brand equipment lying around, but having been in school (and therefore having access to a lot of it) made me think that I needed lots of it to make the stories I wanted to. And yes, some of it's nice, and some things really are worth the money (after a new lens, the Vinten Vision Blue and a decent set of sticks in my priority purchase). Killer Camera Rigs You Can Build is a great idea if you are really looking to create more flexibility for your story-telling, and you will start thinking differently about your DIY filmmaking."

-Microfilmmaker Magazine

"The singular beauty of this book is that Mr. Selakovich has successfully dedicated himself to producing clarity with every page."

- Michael Ferris, Camera Operator/DP (Die Hard)

"For filmmakers who like to shoot their films with a mobile camera withough spending a fortune on equipment rentals, this book is a great gift indeed. I highly recommend it for its clarity and common sense."

- Kris Malkiewica, Cinematographer/Author