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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 [Selakovich, Dan]
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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

About the Author

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 94720 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
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  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (12 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W4BQ7G
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 39 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I built my own dolly...... 14 Feb. 2011
By Simon Clayton - Published on Amazon.com
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First a confession - I obtained a downloaded pdf file of the book from a friend. And I built the dolly. I was so impressed with the ease in following the instructions and with the final product that I thought it only fair to buy the book and thus make a small contribution to the author for his creativity and effort in getting his ideas across.
In fact the book turns out to be way better than the pdf file and, leaving aside the question of 'conscience money' I would definitely recommend having the book at hand. I live in Brazil and was initially worried about getting hold of the materials listed, and also about the fact that the measurements are all imperial whereas here we are all metric (by the way, why do you supposedly enlightened Americans still insist on inches, pounds, and gallons when the rest of the world - even my homecountry 'Great' Britain - has gone metric?!).
I enjoy do-it-yourself provided I have clear instructions about what I am supposed to be doing and 'Killer Cameras' is certainly clear enough in its explanations for the very average do-it-yourselfer. No special skills required !
The only criticism is the quality of the photographs - they are adequate but could be a lot clearer and of higher definition. No doubt the quality reflects the fact that this book appears to be a low cost publishing job. Nothing against that if it gets such a useful manual into print but maybe as its popularity grows then the quality can be improved in future editions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 9 Jan. 2017
By Seeth (Zero One) - Published on Amazon.com
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A book so good it made me realize how little I know and how much I need to start training. You need this book it canb save you so much money and gives you step by step instructions on how to construct your own gear.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Original Book on DIY 12 Feb. 2013
By Jonathan Ziegler - Published on Amazon.com
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I've made about half the rigs in this book. It's more than paid for itself in time and money spent as well as the other gear I made from his rough plans. I also make a ton of sandbags. This book is the original DIY-ers handbook. Some projects are basic and don't take a lot of time, but others will take a week so read thru it all before you start to make his gear. I also like this because the author uses or has used all of these rigs, professionally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with great instructions! 21 April 2011
By MovieMan - Published on Amazon.com
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Highly recommend this for anyone who wants to take their hobby to the next level. Now you might need to borrow some tools and get some help if your not very 'handsy'. I'm not very good at construction but between me getting some help from my dad these shouldn't be any trouble. If you are scared to buy this, don't be! The instructions are super clear and detailed. Even if you only put together the more simplistic of the designs it will more than make up for the cost of the book. Good luck and happy filming!
5.0 out of 5 stars Never have to pay for rentals or expensive filming equipment. 1 Jun. 2014
By timothy andrew neal - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I haven't built anything yet, the camera dolly using roller blade wheels looks like a no-brainer. Simple and inexpensive, it easily solves acquiring such equipment. There are many projects like the cranes, that would be seriously out of any amatuer's film budget. Pretty cool stuff for those not afraid of using tools.
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