A dolly is an essential tool for cinematographers. It's designed to create smooth cinematic camera movements. Once you use one you won't ever go back. It creates such a beautiful an interesting look to your film projects. Unfortunately, like everything in film, it can be very expensive. I've seen a lot of custom made dollies online and have even used a dolly a friend made. I decided I would give it try. I am very happy with the end results and the overall price was about $30-$50 in materials. The main cost and time waster was finding 8 used skateboard wheels. A pack of 4 wheels can be $25 -$30 plus wheel bearings. Luckily, I have a friend who plays roller derby and she had 8 used wheels I could use (Thanks Jaelyn!). Cutting through the metal was tough and unfortunately Home Depot will not cut metal for you. I had a contractor friend cut my metal angle pieces (Thanks John!). If you don't have the proper equipment like me I recommend having whatever hardware store you buy materials from to cut the wood pieces. I hope you learn something from my pictures and if you have any questions feel free to shoot me a line or leave a comment. Enjoy!
List of Materials - 8 used derby wheels courtesy of (Jaelyn Brazill) - 8 wheel bearings - Two 1.5 PVC pipes - 8 5/16 bolts - 32 5/16 nuts - 20 screws - 1 metal angle piece cut into 9 inch pieces - 1 sheet of maple plywood cut 27x36 inches (wide enough to fit through a door frame) - white wood stud cut 36 inches in length for each piece