If you’re interesting in learning the ins and outs of video production, you’re probably aware that gear in this industry doesn’t come cheap. Likely one of your first questions is a practical one. What is this all going to cost? What do I actually need?

That will depend in large part upon you.

It’s important to eventually figure out what exactly you want to do with video. This will lead you to the camera and the specific equipment you’ll be needing. When you’re just beginning to learn, however, your gear isn’t as important as you might think. If you have a smartphone, you already have a powerful filmmaking tool.

Check out these videos about creating video content using your smartphone. They’re both a few years old, but they’re still pretty inspiring and motivational:

 

 

If you have some cash set aside though, and you’re ready to start investing in some gear, I have some helpful videos for that too. This is not a guide on what camera to buy (that’s coming later), this section is simply about getting a better grasp on the things you will need to get started. There are countless videos on the internet listing things you “need” to have as a filmmaker, and I would take each one with a grain of salt. As you watch several of these lists you’ll see that each filmmaker has different priorities and therefore prioritizes different gear. If you watch enough videos, however, patterns start to emerge. I’ve selected a couple of videos from Indy Mogul below that I think are a really great starting place. Check them out:

 

 

In future lessons we’ll talk about more specifics when it comes to purchasing gear. For now though, take stock of what you have and what you actually need. Don’t make the mistake of waiting to create until you have the perfect gear, you’ll never have the perfect gear. That line of thinking is a trap. Get started with what you have and go create something!

 

Things Mentioned in this Lesson:

Filmic Pro
https://www.filmicpro.com/
Iphone
https://amzn.to/2wrHcnK


Black Magic Pocket Camera
https://amzn.to/3aXvX5y
Canon 7D
https://amzn.to/34hu5lz
Canon 5D
https://amzn.to/3aWnzmE
Sony 6300
https://amzn.to/39QcqCG
GH4
https://amzn.to/2yA8fxF
Canon L Lenses
https://amzn.to/39P02Tq
Rokinon Cinema lenses
https://amzn.to/3aSYbya
Amazon Basics Tripod
https://amzn.to/34lH4lX
E-image tripod
https://amzn.to/3dZZOfz
Variable ND
https://amzn.to/34i6QHU
Cheap soft LED
https://amzn.to/34k625j
Diety D3 Pro
https://amzn.to/3c0Zco8
Rode videomic pro
https://amzn.to/3e3aU3k
Boya BY-MM1
https://amzn.to/2wnkA7H
Zoom H4
https://amzn.to/2JLVkuX
Small HD Focus 7
https://amzn.to/2XkvG8y
Small HD Focus 5
https://amzn.to/2UPe8ja
Renting Websites
https://www.sharegrid.com/
https://kitsplit.com/
C-stands
https://amzn.to/39XFJ6p
https://amzn.to/39P299O
https://amzn.to/34kbBk6


Benro S6
https://amzn.to/34kVhjp
Canon FD lenses
https://amzn.to/34h9E8i
https://amzn.to/3e01ENv
https://amzn.to/2Xjuum2
X-rite Colorchecker passport
https://amzn.to/2wnRIML
120D II
https://amzn.to/3e6leHC
Mole Richardson 1K
https://www.google.com/search?q=mole-richardson-1k
Came TV Boltzen 55W
https://amzn.to/2JLXbjp
C-Stands
https://amzn.to/39XFJ6p
https://amzn.to/39P299O
https://amzn.to/34kbBk6
Diety S-Mic 2
https://amzn.to/2xTzC5I
Sennheiser 416
https://amzn.to/3e38Zf5
Azden SMX 15
https://amzn.to/3e6lYfS
Sound Devices Mixpre-3
https://amzn.to/2XekgDr
GH5
https://amzn.to/2V969wl