Quick tip: Using a drill to ‘motorize’ your Kessler Pocket Dolly

by planetmitch4 Comments

Quick post to show you a cool little trick for your Kessler Pocket Dolly – by using your electric cordless drill, you can simulate having a motor for your Pocket Dolly – and, this tip was tweeted by Eric Kessler himself <grin>

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Kessler Pocket Dolly v2.0 Cheap Motor Trick from Chris Duke on Vimeo.

The Kessler Pocket Dolly v2.0 is a great slider, however when it comes to sliding by human hand, it is limited by the skills of the camera operator.

The “elektraDRIVE BUNDLE PACKAGE with ORACLE Controller” is a $1,314.95 add-on to their $649 slider making it a $2k package, and a whole lot of extra parts.

What if you could pull off the same motor slide effect with something you already have in your garage, using a variable speed drill–and saving $1,300!!

There are two methods:

1. From the bottom: use a 9/16 socket

2. From the top: use a sawed-off 3/16 hex key

We use it extensively on my show, Motorz www.motorz.tv

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. One of the little electric screw drivers would probably work/look better if you were using this trick at a paid gig. I wouldn’t want to be bringing a drill everywhere with me.

  2. Very cool. Might have to finally purchase one of these pocket dollys.


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