If you’re not already a seasoned location sound professional, it’s hard to know which shotgun microphones have a good reputation and which don’t. And since the best shotgun mics can be expensive, making the wrong mistake can be costly. Here are some of the best shotgun microphones for film in
Film and video tripods are notoriously some of the most difficult objects to fit into cases but they’re extremely important to protect nonetheless. A variety of case manufacturers have made special purpose-built tripod carrying cases to protect tripods when you travel. Soft tripod carrying cases may work better for some
Documentary filmmakers, especially documentary filmmakers at the beginning of their careers, are no stranger to low budgets. With more documentary films than ever before being produced each year, there’s less funding to go around. With so much new competition for funding, money can be hard to come by. Luckily, the
Update: The Panasonic DVX 200 kind of blew us away, so be sure to check that camera out as well. What are the best cameras for documentary filmmakers? The last several years have brought us several years of technology advances bringing high-quality cameras to even lower price points than ever.
The Panasonic GH3 and GH4 DSLR cameras are becoming more and more popular amongst documentary filmmakers, and for good reason. Like other DSLR cameras, the Panasonic GH4 (and GH3 before it) feature interchangeable lenses and large sensors, both of which allow you to get razor thin shallow depth of field.
Pictured above: A Scrim Jim (listed below) for diffusing light, either outdoors or indoors. When you’re first putting together your lighting kit, you’ll obviously get the basics: light and stands. But the difference between a professional kit and a beginner’s kit lies not only in the quality of the lights
Today many documentary filmmakers (and other filmmakers) are shooting on DSLRs because of their ability use large sensors with interchangeable lenses which offer shallow depths of field, resulting in a beautiful picture. But the audio side of DSLR filmmaking is a topic that doesn’t get enough attention. (Note: you can
You’ve got the documentary film camera, you’ve got the microphones for documentary film. You’ve got a case, a tripod, but what are you missing? Here are fifteen kit essentials for documentary filmmaking that you may not have considered yet… 1. Extra Camera Batteries (Check reviews & prices) Running out of
There are certain elements that make a camera very appropriate for documentary filmmaking, and certain drawbacks that doc filmmakers need to be aware of before purchasing. Here is a list of criteria to keep in mind when you’re evaluating a camera for documentary filmmaking: 1. Audio Options – XLR Inputs?
What is the best camera for documentary filmmaking available today? Documentary film cameras come in a wide range of features, form factors and prices. Here are some of the top doc film cameras on the market today, each presented with sample footage: What are the best professional documentary film cameras?
Lavaliere microphones (or lapel mics) are an instrumental part of every documentary filmmaker’s toolkit. Because film subjects can be mic’d up with wireless lavs, the camera can be quite a distance away and still get great sound. Here are some of the best lavaliere microphones for documentary filmmakers: Documentary Film