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Introduction to the Third Edition (Hey, it’s probably more important to read this than you think!)

Thank goodness for the digital video (DV) revolution. It has put filmmaking within reach of us poor folk (relatively speaking). The downside is that the things that hold and move the camera—dollies, stabilizers, cranes, and other necessities of movie making—are still darned expensive to rent. And forget purchasing (I don’t know about you, but a grand for a boom arm is a little beyond my means). This book will change all that. I’m going to show you how to make this stuff. It really isn’t hard. For the most part, if you can drill a hole, you can make most of the equipment in these pages. Really. And you don’t even need a lot of room (for the first ...

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