If you are looking into becoming a professional filmmaker, you might be wondering what type of film equipment you need. In today’s world of newer technologies – cell phones, drones, digital cameras, etc., things have gotten much easier to get started.
What are the basic types of film equipment?
Besides the obvious purchase of a camera and a lens, consider these 8 items that will prove the most useful.
1. Memory Card
It is actually better to have more than one of these. Purchase them from well-known companies to ensure that they don’t backfire on you.
Visual work is only half of the filmmaking process; investing in good auditory film equipment will drastically improve the quality of your work.
3. Camera Bag
Cameras are not cheap; ensure that you are doing all you can to protect yours by purchasing a good bag for safe transportation.
4. ND Filter
An ND filter allows you to film at a wider aperture (the opening in a lens through which light passes) without increasing the shutter speed of your camera.
If you are filmmaking inside, it is a good idea to invest in at least one good light to improve the quality of your video.
A stabilizer refers to your basic monopod, tripod, etc. and allows you to take steady shots from a stationary standpoint.
Likewise, a gimbal is a moving stabilizer that allows for steady, non-stationary shots.
A drone is not a necessary piece of equipment, but it is a nice touch if you can afford it. Aerial shots are a great way to add a little flair to your filmmaking.
9. Tablet and Cell Phone
It’s become essential to have these items with you today. Tablets and cell phones have become an integral part of production work. The usage of apps for drones, cameras and filmmaking are crucial. You may even look into acquiring these items separate from your personal tablet or cell, and dedicate them solely to filming usage.
Don’t Forget About Owned Equipment Insurance!
An important thing to keep in mind is that when these items are purchased for professional work rather than personal enjoyment, they are no longer protected under homeowner’s insurance. In other words, if your house floods and your equipment is destroyed, you will have to replace it out of pocket. For this reason, it is important that you invest in equipment insurance.
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