Shitty Rigs: A tumblr of scary and sketchy DIY filmmaking rigs

So, this is a dolly.  [shittyrigs.com]


So, this is a dolly. [shittyrigs.com]

A tumblog of greatness documenting low-budget and no-budget workarounds on film, television, and web video sets: shittyrigs.com.

The site says nobody was injured or killed as a result of these cost-cutting production contraptions, but I am skeptical. Some of them look downright lethal. All of them deserve an 'A' for effort.

This one wins some kind of shittiness prize, for sure. [shittyrigs.com]


This one wins some kind of shittiness prize, for sure. [shittyrigs.com]

Lack stands? Just use a child's head. [shittyrigs.com]


Lack stands? Just use a child's head. [shittyrigs.com]

When you need gels, and you aren't going to get any in time. [shittyrigs.com]


When you need gels, and you aren't going to get any in time. [shittyrigs.com]

Apple cart dolly! [shittyrigs.com]


Apple cart dolly steadicam! [shittyrigs.com]

Oh, this looks perfectly safe. [shittyrigs.com]


Oh, this looks perfectly safe. [shittyrigs.com]

Shitty sound booth. [shittyrigs.com]


Shitty sound booth. [shittyrigs.com]

Shopping Cart dolly [shittyrigs.com]


Shopping Cart dolly [shittyrigs.com]

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  1. I love these. I confess, I once made a camera dolly out of Erector Set parts. But it was for a wind-up 8mm camera and I was twelve. And what the hell, it worked.

  2. A tumblr of scary and sketchy DIY filmmaking rigs

    You spelled awesome and resourceful wrong.

  3. It's a bit improvised; but unless you got yours during the particularly dark phase where dreadful plastic crap was partially replacing the metal components, Erector sets are really amply structurally competent.

    Probably not a fantastic idea to build life-critical load bearing structures out of them; but if you've absorbed 'structurally sound arrangements of steel beams 101' you can get fairly serious strength out of them. Probably less good for vibration damping; but 'wind up 8mm' probably isn't the camera that is going to notice.

  4. One of the reasons you just can't have a client come to the shoot. They want to tell their friends how cool it was at the -STUDIO- but it was shot in a garage crammed full of old stuff covered in sawdust.

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