How to Make your own camera dolly
If you're into cinematography try creating your own dolly camera platform to get those seamless tracking shots. This is a fun project that will allow you to take your film to the next level, or at least get the shot you want.
When pros want a smooth tracking shot, they pay top dollar for a rolling camera platform. For those of us not on a Hollywood budget, try this DIY dolly.
You Will Need
* Tape measure
* 2 3' long 2&amp;quot; x 2&amp;quot; pieces of angled aluminum
* 3/8&amp;quot; bit
* 60 flat washers
* 12 3/8&amp;quot; x 2&amp;quot; carriage bolts
* 16 nuts
* 12 skateboard wheels
* 2 adjustable wrenches
* 3' x 3' ¾&amp;quot; plywood
* 4 3/8&amp;quot; x 4&amp;quot; carriage bolts
* 2 20' pieces 2&amp;quot; PVC
* A camera
* A tripod
Step 1: Drill wheel holes
Step 2: Finish drilling aluminum
Step 3: Finish casters
Step 4: Prepare the wood
Step 5: Attach the aluminum
Step 6: Lay down the track
The Italian film Cabiria released in 1914 was the first popular film to feature a dolly shot.