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Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build

How to Build Your Own Camera Cranes, Car Mounts, Stabilizers, Dollies, and More!

By Dan Selakovich

  1. ISBN: 9780240813370
  2. Publication Date: August 2010
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 412
  5. Price:
    • $46.95 (USD)
    • £28.99 (GBP)
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"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

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:


"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 "Dream Works" 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."--AAUGB

"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


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