I care about the details. I want to know, or at least believe, I'm getting the best product or deal for the money spent. I research, analyze and plan meticulously... which certainly has both its benefits and consequences. The benefits are the end results (satisfaction, piece of mind, quality, value, product knowledge, etc)... and the consequences are experienced while getting there (hours applied, over analyzing, procrastination, etc). But the way I approach such things is part of my DNA... so I couldn't change it, even if I wanted to.
So, for my film-making equipment kit, what have I acquired and why? There will be a Youtube video covering this soon, but let me start here with the basics. 1st and most importantly, I identified what I wanted to produce and how - this is essential before investing in relative equipment and software. And here it must be stated... any equipment, now matter how great or professional, is redundant without creative vision and the ability to apply the equipment.
The primary goal is to create and produce short films, while also executing interviews, vlog videos, family projects and perhaps longer films. And I want to personally understand and contribute to every aspect of the film-making process. I definitely have creative vision and know how to write, and this is my proven strength. But although I possess some film-making pre-production, production and post-production knowledge and skills, they certainly vary in education and capability depending on each particular facet. For example, I'm comfortable with Adobe Premier Pro in order to achieve relative satisfactory post-production results, but I am far from a camera or audio equipment expert. And this is where I applied much of my research time.
Next week I will address the 'why' of the equipment I have acquired, but for now... here's the actual list:
Recently Acquired Equipment
Camera: DSLR Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85M
Monitor: Lillput A7s Full HD 7" Monitor with 4k Camera Assist
Audio Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre-3 II
Shotgun Microphone: Deity V-Mic D3 Pro (location kit)
Lavalier Microphone: RodeLink Filmmaker Kit Wireless Digital Omni Transmitter & Receiver
Lenses Four Thirds: Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm & Panasonic Lumix 45-150mm
Lenses Prime: Canon 50mm & Fotasy Lens Adapter (for use with DSLR Camera)
Tripod: E-Image model EG01A2
Stabilizer AKA Steadicam: FLYCAM Redking Quick Balancing Video Camera Stabilizer
Stabilizer: Fantaseal Handheld Stabilizer
Boompole: Rode Mini Boompole
Lights: GVM 2 Pack LED Video Lighting Kits with App Control 2300k - 6800k
Microphone Stand: Hola! Music HPS-101TB Pro Mic Stand with Telescopic Boom
Headphones: Sony MDR7506 Monitoring Professional Headphones
Production Slate (AKA Clapper): Elvid 9" x 11" Production Slate
Camera Bag: USA Gear Camera Backpack
Audio Recorder Field Bag: ORCA OR-270 Sound Bag for Sound Device MixPre-3
Drone Case: Pit Stop Drone Carrying Case
Accessories: X-Rite Passport Video Color Checker, Sound Devices Lithium Battery Sled, Movo Shotgun Microphone Windscreen (AKA 'Dead Cat'), SD Cards, Lithium NP-F550 & NP-F970 batteries, Various XLR and other cables, Various Stand Clamps & Quick Release Plates, Various Hot Shoe Mounts, iPad Clamp, Various Protective Cases/Bags & Lens Pouches, Thread Adapters,
Drone: Yuneec Mantis Q 4k Drone
And that's the list (for now!)
Today's Highlight(s): London finished her 1st grade and associated homeschooling chapter... which allows me to get back to screenwriting full time. Her 'London Too' and 'Endangered Species' videos have definitely contributed to the film-making educational journey, and I'm proud of all her accomplishments! I'm sure there will be more... cheers.
And so it begins. Complete disclosure. The naked truth... total exposure. Overexposure? Maybe. Through the eye of the reader and the lens of the camera, it is inevitable... when the pursuit for purity becomes the priority.
From the latest script developments to film-making explorations... from the complexities behind creativity to the power of inspiration... insights, observations and revelations will be shared. And on this day, 'The Movie Producer' website and blog was born.
Today's highlight(s): 15 minute Zoom call with an A-list actor who would be excellent for the lead in 'Criminal Spirit' (10 episode TV script in development). He woke the dormant beast of internal conflict by asking my own hibernating question, "why isn't this a movie series!?"