The Holidays are upon us once again. As a filmmaker, gadgets aren’t only fun to have, but they also make your life easier when it comes to production or post-production. I’ve listed some of my favorite accessories and gadgets that would make any filmmaker happy to see under their tree (or in their stocking).
Let’s start with the stocking-stuffers.
Camera cleaning kit – $11
Gotta keep those lenses clean!
DJI Mavic Pro Accessories
Now we’re moving onto more expensive gifts “from Santa.”
Google Daydream View – $70
This thing is fun. VR is here to stay, so embrace it with Google’s own Daydream View headset.
Tangent Ripple Color Grading Panel – $350
I use this thing everyday. It’s a great way to speed up your color grading workflow.
This may seem random, but adding a bit of greenery to your workspace has tons of benefits.
Amazon Gift Card
Because there’s no better way to say, “I didn’t know what to get you.”
Do you have anything to add to this list that you’d like this Holiday season? Let me know in the comments down below.
You never know when you’re going to need a lavalier mic on hand. With this cheap lav mic, you’ll have easy access to pro audio that records straight into your phone. You could also plug this into an audio recorder with the included adapter.
Let me start off by saying that “The Hunger Games” was a great movie. I loved it. It was very well done, and created by very talented people.
The goal of a cinematographer is to bring the audience INTO the story and make the viewers feel so connected, that they cry or laugh when something happens, feeling as though it’s happening to them at that very moment.
While watching “The Hunger Games” for the first time, I was completely absorbed in the story and the plot and for the most part, I LOVED the camera work, and kept finding myself complimenting certain aspects of the cinematography. There are just a couple things that I found that should be obvious no-no’s. Things that stood out to me as I watched, and did not keep me immersed in the story. Things that are basics in film class and should be taught first semester. Things that the director should do everything in his power to reshoot and fix.
I’ll explain 2 scenes with “errors” that I noticed in this film that should have been addressed. read more ➝
I do a lot of technical directing in my church’s productions. I also have the privilege of teaching newer directors the basics of directing.
I figured I would share the 3 main tips that I teach all my new new directors. This article is great for new directors, and also good for experienced directors who just like to read random people’s rambling articles.
As a cinematographer, it’s easy to get caught up in using fancy camera moves with jibs and sliders. Depending on the content of the scene, an elaborate camera move would only be distracting and pointless. That’s why it’s important to remember the little guys; the static camera shot. A static shot is basically a shot that does not have any tilts, pans, dollies, or trucks. Sometimes, we forget how important a simple camera shot can be. If used correctly, the static shot can be very powerful. read more ➝
In this tutorial, I show how to take someone out of your shot in both Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. read more ➝
This is a technique that I often use when adjusting photos taken with backlighting from the sun. I do this by using the graduated filter tool in Adobe Lightroom. This little tool is powerful for adding a splash of style to a specific section of an image.
Cinemagraphs are little looping animated videos that are actually pretty simple to make, especially if there isn’t any movement in the scene.
Here’s a neat little trick to add realistic background objects to your footage in Adobe After Effects. In this case, I wanted it to seem like the footage was taken in the lobby of the client’s office. This could work for things like posters, hanging artwork, or logo plaques.