I just read (and tweeted) a great little article on essential gear for the travel photographer (read it HERE). I thought about how transferrable that information is to DSLR video shooters. I’ve travelled a few times to shoot in faraway places and there’s always equipment that travels with me and equipment I aquire on location (remote developing countries and rural areas are exceptions).
Equipment I Bring
- DSLR camera and core lenses
- Basic Rig
- HD Monitor
- wireless mic kit
- external hard drives
- CF cards , SD cards and card reader
- digital audio recorder
- Backpack I pack above in, and fanny pack to wear during shoot (sexy I know).
Equipment I Rent / Aquire on location
- Lights and light stands
- Extra Lenses
- I buy extra batteries at rental shop
- Boom mic and pole if needed
- Mini jib or dolly pocket if needed
I only bring my laptop if I know no one else will have a mac laptop on location. As long as I have my card reader and an external hard drive I can simply plug into someone’s laptop and drop and drag footage onto my hard drive every night. I bring my Lacie rugged external hard drive with me on location – it’s drop resistant up to two meters. In the article, the photographers also back up their footage onto DVD’s that they mail back home - I thought this was a great idea.
Renting the big stuff on location saves you extra baggage fees, hassling from security officials, and potential damage happening to your gear.
Here’s one of the videos I shot up in Canada for Raven Bay. I rented my gear at The Camera Store in Calgary. It was recommended and had everything I needed to shoot a great corporate video.
Filed under Travel, Video
Just finished up a three-minute video I produced for North Seattle Community College featuring their Entrepreneurship Program. The video was really a treat to produce. I got the opportunity to sit down and talk with three former students that are now working hard to grow their own business. Being a budding entrepreneur myself, I know just how hard this is. There’s no safety net, no cheerleaders handing out gold stars, no steady paycheck, and NO regular hours. But the satisfaction of creating your own little entity from scratch cannot be compared. I love the thrill of hustling and getting gigs, creating media from my vision, and connecting with clients and subjects directly. Noel Austin is a designer – his company, DNA, caters to the fashion-savvy punk crowd. Amy Voros is a life-coach – she helps people discover who they want to be, as opposed to who they feel they should be. Roy Comer is a fire prevention specialist who was laid off on the cusp of retirement, entered the Entrepreneurship program as part of the state’s re-training program, and is now successfully working for himself.
You can watch the video below, or if you’re on a mobile device, you can watch it on vimeo at http://vimeo.com/35724674
The first section of the Haiti documentary screened this past week. I felt it was a fitting tribute for the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. It was screened at Lucid Jazz Club, David Pierre Louis’ bar in Seattle’s University District. The screening garnered a warm reception and got me excited to begin editing the rest of the story. It’s quite a different experience editing something you haven’t shot – you have to take the time to familiarize yourself with the footage – which in this case is a lot of amazing video Johnny Miller took over the span of a couple of weeks in Haiti. The Production Foundry is backing the project and I’ve had a great time working with Mark and the others involved. Click on the link below to see the first cut – enjoy!
I’m pretty excited about an event tomorrow night that I’m a small part of. “Remembering Haiti” is a fundraising event hosted by David Pierre-Louis, whose mother Tita lives in Haiti and barely survived the 2010 earthquake. David and Tita have become pretty close to me over the past year, in a second hand way. I’ve been editing a documentary about David’s journey to Haiti days after the earthquake to find Tita, whom he hadn’t heard from since the quake. David found his mother alive, but the celebration was soon cut short when he realized the scope of devastation the quake left. Aid was in short supply, there was little water and food, and medical supplies were scarce. David vowed to launch an aggressive fundraising campaign in Seattle, where he lives, and rush back to Haiti to help those he could. He returns to Haiti just a couple of weeks later armed with a grass roots support crew, water filtration pumps, and medical supplies. The adventure that follows contains all the elements of a great story – ambition, idealism, depressing realities, small successes, conflict and acceptance. The first 15 minutes of the documentary will be shown at tomorrow’s fundraising event, with a trailer for the remainder at the end. This doc has been one of the toughest stories I’ve ever been a part of, but also been one of the most rewarding. I can’t wait to post the first 15 min. after the event – I’ve waited so long to share this amazing story.
“Remembering Haiti” will be held at Lucid Lounge, 5241 University Way, Seattle WA. Doors open at 6:30pm. You can read more on their FB page at http://www.facebook.com/events/285551538158863/.