THE BASICS

The gear we decide to use varies from shoot to shoot.  If it is a complex shoot, or we’re not quiet sure what obstacles we might encounter, we’ll bring everything AND the kitchen sink!  If it is a familiar setup and a location we’ve used before, we’ll likely just pack the essentials.

But as an overview, most shoots will include some mixture of the equipment below.

  • Standard Video Camera w/Electronic Lens Controls
  • Full-Frame DLSR Body
  • Lens Assortment
  • GoPro
  • Digital Audio Recorder & Cables
  • Wired & Wireless Lavalier Microphone
  • Teleprompter
  • Heavy Duty Tripod
  • 4 Head LED Light Kit w/Stands & Modifiers
  • 2 Head Large-Area Fluorescent Instruments
  • C-Stands
  • Portable Slider
  • Shoulder Rig
  • Power & Audio Cables
  • Tools, Adapters, & Problem Solvers.


 

IN THE AIR

When you travel on planes, you have to think in terms of essentials.  Everything listed below will fit in a single bag that will fit under the seat of most commercial aircraft.

  • Full-Frame DLSR Body
  • Lens Assortment
  • Digital Audio Recorder & Cables
  • Wired Lavalier Microphone
  • Essential Cables & Power Supplies
  • Laptop Computer
  • Portable Solid State Drive
  • Miscellaneous “Shoot Savers”

A travel-weight fluid-head tripod is packed with clothing in a spinner suitcase small enough for an overhead bin.

Of course, if the project demands, checked luggage can add additional capacity for a small light kit and other gear.

TSA Pre-Check application pending.


 

MULTI-CAMERA, LIVE EVENT, & BEYOND

When things get really serious, it can take a lot of hardware.  But that’s why they invented the grip truck.

  • ENG/EFP Cameras
  • Heavy-Duty Tripods
  • Doorway Dolly
  • Track Dolly
  • Jib (Crane)
  • High-Output Lighting
  • Staging & Trusses
  • Rental Equipment & Technicians


 

SPECIALIZED PLATFORMS & TECHNOLOGY

In just the past 2 or 3 years, there has been an explosion of technology and gadgetry that has changed the way the video industry thinks about capturing imagery, for both amateurs and professionals alike.  Perhaps the most well-know example has been multi-rotor aerial imaging platforms – commonly called “drones”.

There are a wide range of widgets, gadgets, and apparatus available, with many more on the way.  Some are definitely more useful than others.  And one question should always be asked: “how will this help us tell the story better?”