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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Tripod Dolly

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The tripod dolly (see figure 13-1) is a smooth rolling platform where a tripod can be mounted and perform dolly shots. This type of dolly is extremely useful because it’s lightweight, portable, and easy to use. Moreover, with it you can obtain professional-looking dolly tracking shots that are the hallmark of a polished film.

With the tripod dolly, only the tripod and the camera move along the track – unlike a professional dolly where the camera operator rides on the dolly with the camera. The advantage of this dolly design is that it allows the track to be made of lightweight PVC pipe that can be easily transported. ...

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