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.
"DP and his car rig."
Submitted by Rahul 

"DP and his car rig."

Submitted by Rahul 

"Do it yourself jib + slider.  Not the shittiest rig, but still very sketchy to operate. "
Submitted by Joe Adams

"Do it yourself jib + slider.  Not the shittiest rig, but still very sketchy to operate. "

Submitted by Joe Adams

"shovel handles as a rails? Yep, it worked perfectly. In some way."
Submitted by Bykowski

"shovel handles as a rails? Yep, it worked perfectly. In some way."

Submitted by Bykowski

Submitted by Leo

Submitted by Leo

"We were shooting a student film in an alley with no outlets, and it was my job to light it. With not many options, I electrical taped my flashlight to my tripod to serve as a makeshift light. Fill light was provided with my phone. "
Submitted by Jahan

"We were shooting a student film in an alley with no outlets, and it was my job to light it. With not many options, I electrical taped my flashlight to my tripod to serve as a makeshift light. Fill light was provided with my phone. "

Submitted by Jahan

"No more c-stands, but somehow we had an extra tripod."
Submitted by Nick

"No more c-stands, but somehow we had an extra tripod."

Submitted by Nick

"Needed a POV shot of an egg breaking in slo-mo. After wrapping the camera in furni pad and trash bag for protection, it turned out the egg did not splatter at all."
Submitted by David

"Needed a POV shot of an egg breaking in slo-mo. After wrapping the camera in furni pad and trash bag for protection, it turned out the egg did not splatter at all."

Submitted by David

Submitted by clembeeblebrox

Submitted by clembeeblebrox

"The three in one; shitty block, shitty plastic, shitty gaffer tape waterproofing. "
Submitted by Bradley

"The three in one; shitty block, shitty plastic, shitty gaffer tape waterproofing. "

Submitted by Bradley

Set Safety

So we’ve gotten a few requests since the Midnight Rider incident to make a public statement about the whole ordeal. It is well known that the loss of Sarah Jones’ life was unnecessary and avoidable. We would just like to comment that while it may not have been a rig specifically that caused the accident, it easily could have been. When you are working on set you need to know the limits of not only your gear, but of yourself. Say no when you have to, it’s as simple as that. 

Stay safe folks. Don’t let this whole thing pass without any changes being made. We work in our industry because we love to do it, but don’t forget you’re worth more than any piece of gear out there. Don’t let any producers or anyone else convince you that the show is more important.