Choosing Film Equipment on a Budget
The most admirable thing about amateur filmmakers is that they are both creative and resourceful. Not much is needed for them to produce great quality films. However, in addition to sheer talent they still need equipment. When choosing what to buy for shooting low-budget films, balancing price and quality can be tricky.
You’re definitely going to want a DSLR Camera. Any brand will do, as long as it can film in full HD or 1080p, has a microphone and headphone jack, and ideally, a tripod mount. In this digital era, most cameras are budget-friendly, so you’ll have a lot of options to choose from. You can also opt to buy a camcorder instead, if you will shoot documentaries, news, and the like.
Audio equipment is another must for great films. Make sure to have separate microphones to capture quality audio. Lavaliers, or microphones which you can clip to your clothes, are good options, especially if you are filming someone walking around and far from your camera. You can also use a shotgun microphone, an excellent choice for interviews. If they are too expensive for your budget, you can always choose from a wide range of handheld audio recorders instead.
Camera mounts are necessary to get the steady shots you want. Although most cameras offer stabilization features, it is always important to think ahead and ensure that you get the best shot. Fluid head tripods, those which can pan and tilt your camera smoothly, are excellent choices. Shoulder mounts are great and allow you to move around. Giving light to your film is also an essential factor since this gives the footage more density and energy. Choosing the best lighting gear may depend on where you are filming. If you prefer to shoot inside a building, basic work lights and some camera tweaks can do the trick.
On the other hand, shooting on the go may mean an investment of some good LED panels. A micro LED on-camera light can also be a good fit for interview shots. You may also need some cheap five-in-one reflectors which are used to improve natural light. For storage, memory cards with up to about 64GB in capacity are usual for a film. Although it is advisable to have multiple memory cards on the go so that you can film more shots. Portable hard drives are also good buys to keep all your footage in one place. Choose one that can easily transfer files to your computer.
Aside from shooting the best footage, how you edit your existing material and make it more appealing and engaging is also a big part of filmmaking. There are a variety of editing applications that are available for use on the internet. Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Final Cut Pro X are great options if you are editing in a Mac computer. But you may need to check your computer’s spec sheet to see if it can handle video these video editing apps.