DIY Camera Dolly

After watching some of the nice tutorials on The Frugal Filmmaker, I decided to follow his lead and make my own version of his PVC table dolly. It’s still a work-in-progress, and I’m changing my design slightly to accommodate a DSLR camera, I wanted to go ahead and post this first test video.

This video is very rough and comprises just a few simple shots of my kids around the kitchen table. The first thing I discovered is that I needed to choose a few different wheels. I had a set of 8 wheels that I pulled from an old set of roller blades that I bought at a local thrift store for $4. Of the first four that I put on the dolly, two of them had little flat spots, probably from the original owner skidding to a stop. Also, I need to apply some WD-40 to the wheel bearings to loosen them up and allow them to spin more smoothly.

In the video you will notice the slight shake when the dolly rolls over those flat spots. Last night I did try out some different wheels and it is smoother. I will try to shoot an updated video soon. Also, I have plans for a simple, inexpensive, track system that I want build.