“The idea for the Dutti Dolly came from a need by cinematographer, James Muro ASC. He always liked low shots. And to move quickly. So, I looked at various dollies and realized most of them rest higher on a track. I created the Dutti Dolly not only to rest lower - but also to be much more portable.”
“Jim took it everywhere on Rush Hour 3. Fight scenes at the Eiffel Tower. Running shots. And more. Cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo ASC made a lot of use out of it when he was doing shots in the auditorium on Glee. When the aisles were too narrow or the table too close - he was able to put the dolly in the row behind him - and get the shot.”
- James Saldutti (Dolly Grip and the inventor of the Dutti Dolly)
#BTS shot is Dutti Dolly with an Alexa with a periscope lens.Dolly Grip, James Saldutti, also referred to as 'Dutti' in the Hollywood community began developing this dolly nearly 15 years ago. Since then, the dolly has become a necessary tool while being used on hundreds of feature films, television shows, and commercials to achieve hundreds of different shots, stunts, gags, and on occasion, some lite skateboarding in between takes.
What is the Dutti Dolly?
The Dutti Dolly is a rectangular CNC’d aluminum plate with a built in Mitchell mount, measuring just 20” x 24”, which rolls extremely low to the ground at just under 2” in height. The dolly is simple, as it rides on 8 inline skate wheels, which mount in pairs to the ½” thick aluminum plate.
- Extreme low angles w/ adaptability for any desired height. The dolly rides at just under 2” in height, on or off track.
- The width, weight, and wheel design of the dolly give the operator the capability of hard whip pans and quick tilts, unlike some of the skate dollies out on the market.
- Will roll directly on the ground floor or any smooth surface, or can be used with track, on or off stands, both over and underslung.
- Inexpensive expendable track can be purchased at any industrial metal supply or home improvement store or you can purchase our Matthews right angle Dutti track which comes in 4, 8 and 12 foot lengths. The track stacks and nests nicely for storage.
- The right angle track can be rested on apple boxes to achieve desired camera height.
- The dolly fits in tight spaces where conventional dollies cannot fit...for example, airplane and bus isles, church pews, and many more…
- Great for the long take... Dolly step offs using handheld, steady-cam or gimbal systems.
- Because of its size, speed and mounting capabilities, the dolly is great for stunts or poor man’s process shots. Just ask Jackie Chan!
- Mount tripods, bazookas, tilt plates and a variety of adapters directly to the dolly.
- Rigging capabilities are endless due to the numerous tapped holes on the dolly board. Mount multiple dollies together tandem or side by side...or rig lights and props to it easily
Specs: Dolly Weight: 25 lbs Weight Capacity: 800lbs Dolly Dimensions: 20” x 24” x 3.5” Platform Height: 1.75” Dolly Mount: Mitchell System, with 75/100 and 150mm bowl adapters available.
Other Spec Facts:
- CNC machined out of billet 6061 T-6 aluminum
- Flat, non-reflective w/ type 2 hard anodize
- Little to no maintenance
Dutti Dolly Kit PN 395400 Includes: (1) Dutti Dolly (1) Low Profile Mitchell Tie Down
Also available in black - PN B395400
Dutti Dolly Universal Track Bracket PN 395400-15 (minimum two required)
Bracket Weight: 3lb
Overall Length: 19.25”
Center to Center Slot Distance: 16” (specific to the dutti dolly)
Adapts to Any Stand: 5/8” & 1-1/8” (baby & junior) stands & flat surfaces (Slider Stands and Low Boy Combos are most common)
Track options: 0.75” – 2.25” Round tube or pipe & 0.75” - 2.25” square tube (Outside Diameter)
Note: 1.25” Square Tube is recommended by the manufacturer. Any Home Depot or hardware store carries a wide variety of square, right angle and round aluminum and steel in a variety of sizes and weights. Pricing can range from $3 to $20 per piece.
Where to buy track: Any Home Improvement Store such as Home Depot (shown in the last picture) or Industrial Metal Supply or onlinemetals.com