Film Equipment Guide

Just starting out and looking to buy some kit? no worries. Here is our basic film equipment guide for first-time filmmakers.

Obviously, what film equipment you decided to buy depends on budget, location the type of shoot. However, we’ve tried to cover some of the most essential gear to get you started.

Video Cameras

The camera is pretty much the most important piece to your filmmaking kit. 🎥

Your choice of camera will depend on how much you can afford, type of shooting (static or run-and-gun) and what kind of videos you want to make e.g commercial, music videos, vlog, documentaries.

We look at a range of cameras from DSLR’s and action to bigger professional camcorders.

Lenses

Lenses can be a great investment if you buy a camera that has changeable lenses like a DSLR.

Want to capture amazing landscapes? you’ll need wide angle lens. Need to focus on something in high detail? You’ll need a macro lens.

The stock lens you get with a camera is ok but there are others out there that can help up your game. 😉

Tripods & Gimbals

Now you’ve got a better idea of the types of cameras you can get, let’s look into some tripods and gimbals.

Unless you want to look like an amateur, you’ll really want to stabilize your footage. 👍

Luckily, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on expensive setups. We look at some of the best budget tripod and gimbals on the market.

Lighting Equipment

Lighting is a key component of filmmaking. It helps build tone, mood and focus attention within a shot. It’s also what separates the amateurs from experienced filmmakers.

Daylight is ok if you’re on a low budget or pushed for time. However once you start to get serious about filmmaking you’ll want to control the lighting. 💡

These days building your own compact lighting kit very easy and affordable. We look at the latest LED, tungsten, fluorescent lighting kits.

Audio Equipment

Having poor sound can easily take your audience out of your film. So it’s important to take audio seriously.

Unfortunately, the microphone in your camera is not going to cut it. So you’re going to need to look into external microphones. 🎤

We look at some of the best dynamic, condenser, boom, lavaliere and shotgun microphones out there.

Editing

Need to cut together your footage? Before you go on the hunt for your cheap video editing laptop, there are a few key things to consider.

We review the latest editing equipment looking at hard drives, CPUs, graphics cards, RAM, displays and ports. 🤓

Final Thoughts on Film Equipment..

To sum up, every project is different and the kind of gear you buy depends on what you’re filming and how much money you have to spend.

Essentially, when you start out, you should try be smart with what you spend your money on. What you decide to buy should help improve your work and make your life easier. Also, the less you carry, the better.

However, as with everything it takes a little trial and error. So now you know the essential film equipment you should get and how to use it you can move ahead with confidence. 💪

Finally, remember you don’t need gear to make great films. All you need is a great story, some hard work and a little creativity. Check out our blog for more filmmaking tips and tutorials. 😉