Low on Equipment? Shitty Rigs Collects the Most Creative DIY Rigs to Get This Shot Done
We all know it’s not about the gear, but in its technical and digital revolution, it’s easy to get obsessed with the tools. It’s about shooting 4K, having the crane, the drone, the lights and it never ends, until what started as a $1,000 feature film budget on the paper turns into a 6 going on a 7 figures one.
I have good news for the brave at hearts looking to get this shot done no matter what and willing to get creative, and its name is Shitty Rigs. Shitty Rigs is a tumblr that collects and shares pictures from sets where the crew did what needed to be done.
Here is how they put it: If you have worked on a film set, you know. What we do is all about doing everything you have to with all the gear you don’t have. Here’s to all the horrible things we have done with our gear to get the shot we need. This is our profession. Our job. Our life. We do our best to work in a safe manner, but sometimes it’s beyond our control.
And to add in an end-note: To the best of our knowledge, no rig on this site has ever caused any harm.
That’s an important point to raise, as we all remember the tragic departure of Sarah Jones. There is a line between being creative with your rig to get a shot, and putting yourself or someone else in harm’s way to get a shot (aka not to cure cancer). In the euphoria of going gorilla style, these frontier can get blurry.
This post is pro creativity, and against foolishness. To keep in mind while you enjoy a selection of creative rigging:
For more pictures and/or to submit your own, go check Shitty Rigs
Thanks to Anthony J Lenzo
check the archives for a taste of it.