Links to online learning resources for creating your own film gear on the cheap(ish).

DIY

If you know of any other great learning resources for DIY, please email us and we will add them to the site.

Do It Yourself Tutorials

A demonstration on building a Menace Arm or pipe boom rig. Made by Adam Olson with equipment provided by MCTC.

PIPE BOOM RIG

This $15 crane project was developed on the border to the Mojave Desert while shooting a fake commercial for the Pontiac Firebird.

CHEAPEST CAMERA CRANE

“I put this together with very common and inexpensive parts, as a bit of an experiment in frugality and a desire for a camera slider.”

SLIDER

Build a kino-flo style fluorescent soft light with parts from your local DIY store for under $100 and in under three hours!

KINO FLO STYLE LIGHT

A collection of DIY film gear projects.

CHEESYCAM

LIGHT REFLECTOR (FLECKY)

Join Jeremy as he constructs a DIY Lighting Reflector. The reflective material used in the video is called Silver/Gold Poly.

SHOULDER RIG

“I like building quite cheap rigging equipment for quite expensive cameras. For the design, I was inspired and/or copied other, similar designs, both in the commercial sector and from the DIY community.”

For low-budget filmmakers looking to improve, Indy Mogul has over 1,200 videos full of DIY moviemaking techniques!

INDY MOGUL

A collection of DIY links. “I went looking for DIY tutorials for things I wanted to make for my new camera. I did some research and found a lot of tutorials on different DIY projects.”

DVX USER

I have a shoot coming up early next month and I could do with some sort of portable wireless monitor setup, this is what I built.

WIRELESS DIRECTORS MONITOR

FILMMAKER IQ

A great compilation of DIY stuff. “Why buy it when you can build it? Well most of the time you don’t have a choice. Other times it’s just way too much fun! In our first DIY featured list we will focus on the production side of filmmaking.”

A sight for tips on lighting and creating DIY lighting rigs and rigging.

GAFFERS UNITE

A collection of images of rigging from film sets. Not so much a how to, but a great place to get ideas for what you can create on set.

GRIP NERD

INDIE JUNKIE

A collection of DIY tutorials from Indie Junkie on Vimeo.

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