How To: Make your own camera dolly

Make your own camera dolly

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" x 2" pieces of angled aluminum
* Drill
* 3/8" bit
* 60 flat washers
* 12 3/8" x 2" carriage bolts
* 16 nuts
* 12 skateboard wheels
* 2 adjustable wrenches
* 3' x 3' ¾" plywood
* 4 3/8" x 4" carriage bolts
* 2 20' pieces 2" 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.

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