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A month ago I asked everyone on Facebook and LinkedIn to share with me images of their own DIY Camera rigs and the submissions so far has left me deeply impressed. All around the world their are filmmakers and production teams with the wits to find  ways around  shooting obstacles in a creative way. I can’t thank you enough. Here are some of the submissions we’ve received.


The “Bull Dog”of DSLR Rigs

This image was submitted by Nick Ortiz, a filmmaker living in New York City, NY. Ortiz said he custom built the rig with carbon fiber rods and aluminum parts from smallrig.com, an online DSLR rig store. According to him it cost around $200-300 to make. He said it also comes equipped with rosette handles this way you can fold up them against the lens body for compact transport. “I call it the Bull Dog Rig, Mark 4,” Ortiz said. What can I say about this rig? It looks awesome. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 looks planted in the rig giving it precision stabilization with a boom mic attachment at the top.

Now I wonder what the Mark 5 will look like? Great job Nick Ortiz! Ortiz is also the founder of the Deviant Film Productions according the to company Facebook page. I’ve seen his zombie survival short film  “48Z “ and thought it was cool. You guys should check out his YouTube channel DeviantChildrenProd and subscribe.


The Ultimate Gantry Camera Rig

This submission was sent by Terry Andersen, who is the technical director at CorpFilms in the U.K. He said he and his crew came up with the gantry rig when they tried to shoot inside a factory. The crew wanted to capture footage of product running down a conveyor belt and going underneath the camera. Ultimately, the location wouldn’t allow his team to bring in a crane so they built this rig instead. They purchased a 6ft. long hollow box and a extruded aluminum bar, spray painted it black, and drilled holes into the bar to fit bolt fixings onto two portable green screen stands. As you can see in the image above the portable green screen stands also allowed to attach a view monitor and two LED lights. Andersen’s crew bolted a trip pod head to the center of the rig in order to house the camera. Down to the wire, it cost them around to £30 or $40, and only 2-3 hours of work. In the end it paid off nicely.

“CorpFilms [UK] always seeks different approaches to that of others and conventional methods. Doing so is therefore self-imposed challenges,” Andersen said.  13483276_1217249971621578_942026478120686887_o

 Handy GoPro Rigs

GoPro videos are sometimes one of the most spectacular footage to watch – if they’re stabilized properly and not shaking all over the place like the Bourne Ultimatum. Krzyiek Klusek, a filmmaker in Russia sent us this photo of his own DIY GoPro rigs.  When he was making them he asked himself what he could find at home or the store that was cheap and do the job?

In the image you can see two separate Go Pro rigs. The one on the right is the “table tube” Gopro Rig. Klusek said he wanted to use the table tube because it could float. If you want to see it in action watch the Table Tube GoPro Rig Footage right here.

On the left is the “angle bracket” GoPro Rig. Klusek said he wanted to be able the grab the rig at the top so he found two angle brackets, braced them together and fixed another tube handle. Watch the Angle Bracket GoPro Rig Footage right here.  13497973_1722341974650054_5461991621059701105_o

Slide to the Left, Slide to the Right

Having a mini DSLR slider can be handy if you want to capture smooth and beautiful panning shots. Damien Grey, the owner and creative director of DG Productions built his slider watching YouTube Channel Film Riot. Grey built it out of  (2) 1/4 inch metal conduit pipes, 4 plastic PVC T joints, 2 electric utility boxes, a cut of wood, a metal glidecam plate, and other camera attachments like a tripod head and a release plate. He said it took around 4-5 day to build for about $20. Grey said the rig was good enough to start doing slider shots, unfortunately, the shots weren’t smooth enough for him. In the end, the little experiment pushed him to want to buy a real a DSLR camera slider. “So if anything this rig showed me that I have the humility and guts to actually create something home-made but encourages me to imagine what the future will look like when I can tell stories using even better tools to help me with that,” Grey said. Shooting with a camera slider helps him promote residential homes because it adds to the first person point-of-view perspective he likes to do. You guys should checkout his video production website at DGProductions.com and like his production Facebook page, and watch some of his videos.

You see all these DIY camera rigs are impressive and they all have stories behind their creations. I hope these filmmakers continue to innovate and build more rigs so the quality of their videos will improve and become more stylistic.

What did you guys think of the DIY camera rigs above? If you would like share a photo of your own DIY camera rig or crappy rig please comment down below or email us at  support@cinemaspice.net. Again, as always please subscribe to our blog were you will get the video production news, how-to tutorials and film theory at Cinema Spice!!

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Tony is a Brigham Young University-Idaho graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Communication. He has experience in journalism and video production. One of his favorite movies is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. His favorite superhero is Spider-Man. He lives in Rexburg, Idaho with his lovely wife.

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