On this page here you will find the tools I use for my filmmaking, as well as links to where you can find them. Don’t worry I am not an affiliate with any retail site and therefore I don’t earn any commissions. As always you should shop around to find the lowest prices and not take my word for it. Links will be updated throughout the upcoming days.
To start off, what I use to carry my equipment is a Mountainsmith Parallax Camera Backpack – A really big and roomy bag that stores a lot of gear. I still don’t have it filled all the way up yet. It is a beast.
Canon Rebel T2i
Canon EFS 18-55mm IS lens – The standard lens that comes bundled in the T2i kit. Really good for starters but now I’m looking for some other lenses that can do more.
Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC memory cards
Magic Lantern Firmware – A nifty firmware hack that unlocks a lot of potential in the T2i. With this firmware the camera now has zebras, an intervalometer, manual audio controls, focus peaking, histogram, 3 times as many ISO settings and many more features. Install at your own risk as if you mess up you will brick your camera. But you shouldn’t worry as there hasn’t been any bricked cameras reported.
Manfrotto 190XV Sticks and Head Combo – A great tripod and head at a great price. The head is the 701HDV and it is a fluid head for those nice pans and tilts. Construction is superb, it is built like a brick, made to last.
Chromo 160 LED Dimmable Camera Light – Great little camera that mounts to the top of your camera with a hotshoe adapter. 160 LEDs puts out a bright light that you can control with a dimmable knob on the back. Compatible with 5 different battery types.
Neewer 5in1 Reflector – Great for bouncing available light to make a more pleasing image.
Zoom H4n Audio Recorder – One of the best audio recorders available. Has two XLR/TSR combo jacks with phantom power to hook up extra microphones. With a firmware update you can control the recording level on each external mic separately.
RC4 Remote for H4n – If your smart you’ll purchase this with the bundle for the H4n.
HTDZ HT-81 14″ Shotgun Mic – Not a bad shotgun mic, for those looking to save quite a few bucks on a decent microphone I would recommend this one. It’s not as nice as a Røde shotgun microphone but it will get the job done.
15′ XLR Cable – For proper sound signal from the microphone to the recorder you need a cable that is balanced. XLR is the standard.
Pair of stereo headphones – Any pair of stereo headphones that cover the ear will do. The headphones I use came bundled with the H4n audio recorder.
Hackintosh – A computer that I built myself that is running Mac OSX. 3.4GHz Core i7 quad core processor, 16GB ram, Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card, 120GB SSD, 1 TB HD
2009 Unibody Macbook Pro 15″ – 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB ram, Nvidia 9400M and 9600M GT graphics
Adobe Production Premium CS6 – Adobe will now only do digital delivery with Creative Cloud. But then it is a better deal to get everything for $600 a year than to get everything for 2 grand every update cycle.
Celtx – A free media pre-production software that encompasses most aspects of pre-production. From scriptwriting to storyboards and most places in between, you can’t go wrong with Celtx.
One can always dream and here are the things that I am saving up to get later on, updated computers, tripods and lenses. You’ll see this list labeled as ‘Humanitarian Purposes’ since most items are light and compact and would be the perfect size for travel while doing video projects in Cape Verde for my nonprofit organization. This list includes the following:
Røde Videomic Pro
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens
Newest Quadcore Macbook Pro
Newest Quadcore iMac