In the past few years filmmaking technology has evolved at an astounding rate, enabling a new class of filmmakers to make professional quality productions on a lower budget than ever. This has lead to an explosion in independent filmmaking that’s paved the way for storytelling enthusiasts like me to bring our passion projects to life.
My personal collection of gear has grown as my love for the film and photo mediums has grown, yet many would consider my kit to be quite small in comparison to my aspirations as a filmmaker. I’m okay with that. I like to push the envelope by using compact, cutting edge gear that minimizes the need for a bunch of specific use tools. Plus, it’s been proven over and over that you don’t need a big expensive rig to tell an amazing story. In fact, I feel like the less gear you bring to an interview, the less intimidating you are to a subject. The focus should be on their story, not on my rig.
Here are a few great short films that were made with the same gear we’re using:
So, with all that said, here is the main equipment we’re using while traveling and shooting:
8 SD cards
Two 2 terabyte external hard drives
In a future post I’ll talk about the software we’re using to edit the film, but for now I’d love to hear about your favorite must-have filmmaking gear in the comments below.