Shitty Rigs

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. Feel free to share your stories. If you would like to remain anonymous please let us know.

Note: To the best of our knowledge, no rig on this site has caused any harm.
"Needed to do a tracking shot with a stop motion puppet and keep the camera locked to the subject as it walked through the grass…"
Submitted by Josh

"Needed to do a tracking shot with a stop motion puppet and keep the camera locked to the subject as it walked through the grass…"

Submitted by Josh

"Rigid Advancing Kinetic Emitter. R.A.K.E."
Submitted by George R. Gifford 

"Rigid Advancing Kinetic Emitter. R.A.K.E."

Submitted by George R. Gifford 

"No room in a bathroom for a stand, and the only outlet in the room came from the light over the sink. Seeing floor to ceiling from outside the bathroom. End-jaw cardellini, grip head, baby arm, surge protector, 250w hand-squeezer, ground lift adapter… all to support a 150w fresnel. Dubbing this little number, “I’m sorry.””
Submitted by Scoops

"No room in a bathroom for a stand, and the only outlet in the room came from the light over the sink. Seeing floor to ceiling from outside the bathroom. 

End-jaw cardellini, grip head, baby arm, surge protector, 250w hand-squeezer, ground lift adapter… all to support a 150w fresnel.

Dubbing this little number, “I’m sorry.””

Submitted by Scoops

"Shooting in a school gymnasium has its benefits when you run out of high roller stands…"
Submitted by Kristopher Sjöberg

"Shooting in a school gymnasium has its benefits when you run out of high roller stands…"

Submitted by Kristopher Sjöberg

"Lighting class exercise: Had to re-create TV light against the wall by flickering the lights inside of this hot mess. Fun fact: We originally used a projector hooked up to a VCR playing “The Empire Strikes Back” in a misguided attempt to make flickering shapes and lights, forgetting what a projector actually does. Our professor walked in and asked us why we were projecting Luke Skywalker’s face onto our actor’s."
Submitted by Chelsea Ashley 

"Lighting class exercise: Had to re-create TV light against the wall by flickering the lights inside of this hot mess. Fun fact: We originally used a projector hooked up to a VCR playing “The Empire Strikes Back” in a misguided attempt to make flickering shapes and lights, forgetting what a projector actually does. Our professor walked in and asked us why we were projecting Luke Skywalker’s face onto our actor’s."

Submitted by Chelsea Ashley 

"No dutch head, no problem. Rig Alexa Sideways on the O’Connor, then put it on the dolly."
Submitted by yesifilmthings

"No dutch head, no problem. Rig Alexa Sideways on the O’Connor, then put it on the dolly."

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"So I ran out of sandbags for the C-Stand…"
Submitted by Kristopher Sjöberg

"So I ran out of sandbags for the C-Stand…"

Submitted by Kristopher Sjöberg

"Blue duct tape is cheaper than buying a whole new pop up screen right? #fixitinpost"
Submitted by kylelowe

"Blue duct tape is cheaper than buying a whole new pop up screen right? #fixitinpost"

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"Needed to have a GoPro sit outside all day to document the painting of a mural. Camera kept overheating so we devised an “integrated cooling and shade system”."
Submitted by Brooks Birdsall

"Needed to have a GoPro sit outside all day to document the painting of a mural. Camera kept overheating so we devised an “integrated cooling and shade system”."

Submitted by Brooks Birdsall