Indie filmmaking can be difficult, but, if planned well, can be highly rewarding. One of the basics of filmmaking is shooting gear, and you have to be careful what gear you buy or rent. You will most likely have limited access to money and will need to research and plan well so that you buy the right gear for your movie project without wasting money or spending unnecessarily on gear that you do not require.
Achieving amazing results with minimal equipment
These are some of the basics of where to invest your time and money when it comes to buying equipment for your project.
- Choose the right tripod, camera, and lenses: A sturdy tripod can go a long way in improving the quality of your shots and your entire movie. Choosing a good camera can mean that you do not need to buy multiple cameras for your shoot. Choosing your lenses carefully can help minimize the number of lenses you need.
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- Shoot in the right resolution and frame rate: If you intend to speed up or slow down a few shots within your movie, you need to plan accordingly when shooting for those scenes. Another aspect to consider is where the movie will be released and shown. Although 4K videos are trending, you need to consider if they make sense for your project.
- Invest in good audio equipment: Recording quality audio while shooting visuals can help reduce editing time and requirements for dubbing studios. Although most new cameras come with audio recorders, investing in a professional mic and recorder is highly advisable.
- Use the right lighting gear: Lighting plays a major role in how your shots look and feel. Invest in a basic lighting kit that consists of a key, a fill, and a back light. Pair these with high-quality reflectors when required.
Pay attention to other aspects of filmmaking
Many new filmmakers make the mistake of investing a lot of their resources in buying and using shooting gear but neglect other crucial aspects of filmmaking in the process.
- Find the right people to work with you on your projects, and this includes those behind and in front of the camera.
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- Spare enough time and money for the editing process and find people who understand your vision for your project.
Plan well and think about the various aspects of filmmaking before jumping head-on into your project. This will help you create a great film and avoid wastage of scant resources in the process.