How to Build Your Own DIY Filmmaker Equipment Essentials Kit - With a Resource Sheet

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Barry Andersson is an award-winning director and cinematographer. He has directed 5 feature films and has had his features theatrically released in theaters and his last film is being distributed by Lionsgate. Mr Andersson’s career includes several television pilots, acclaimed short films, numerous commercials, and countless commercials and corporate videos. Mr Andersson is also the author of the DSLR Filmmakers Handbook. Full Bio »

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In this world of DIY filmmaking, it has become easier than ever to just pick up a camera and start making your project. You don’t always need much money, a big crew, corporate backing, or other resources; you can just get up and go. But this certainly doesn’t mean your project is automatically going to look good. Even on a budget, even as a guerrilla filmmaker, it’s critical to have the tools you need to make something look professional and of high quality. You don’t necessarily need the top-of-the-line camera and all of the expensive specialty equipment found on a massive set, but there are things you’re always going to need with you, a kit that will have you covered in any situation. The challenge is determining what exactly this kit should look like.

If you’re a DP, director, or a one-person-band doing all of the jobs at once, preparation is key. But if you go to any camera or equipment store or website you’ll notice just how many options there are. Tools for every occasion. Every type of lens. Every type of stand. Every type of light. Every type of microphone. It can be overwhelming to even look at. How can you distill all of these options into exactly what you need, a collection of tools that you can get on a budget and pack into one bag? Is that even possible? Your instructor Barry Andersson knows that it is. There are just some important things you need to know first.

Barry Andersson is an award-winning director and cinematographer. He has directed 5 feature films, many of which were released in theaters—his most recent film is being distributed by Lionsgate. Barry’s career as a cinematographer includes several television pilots, acclaimed short films, numerous commercials, and countless commercials and corporate videos. Barry is also the author of the DSLR Filmmakers Handbook. Through his extensive experience, Barry has figured out the best and most cost effective equipment you need to make great content.

Barry will share with you his time-tested soup-to-nuts equipment list and will show you, piece by piece on camera, what he uses and why. He’ll begin by walking you through the strategy of putting together your own kit and aspects you need to keep in mind when assembling the perfect collection of equipment. He’ll discuss the types of lenses to carry with you and what to get even if you don’t know anything about lenses. He’ll also delve into choosing the right case and strategies to efficiently pack everything you need. For filmmakers on the go, Barry will share how he packs everything he needs for travel without spending extra on baggage fees. Barry will share exactly what gear is essential for every type of project, including standard filming, talking heads, and B-roll. He will next discuss audio and the types of microphones, stands, poles, and extras you need to effectively capture audio on the go. Barry will walk you through the life-saving essentials he takes with him wherever he goes—seemingly miscellaneous items that no one ever says you should have. He’ll also tell you what things you don’t really need, even if people say you do.

Barry will give you a resource list of 11 must-have items for your equipment kit and where you can find the best deal to purchase them.

 

 

 

 

Praise for Barry’s Webinar

 

“Great insight. Very practical and actionable advice.”

-Martin R.

 

“This was so straightforward and practical. No theory, no filler, just exactly what I needed to know. Thank you”

-Harold B.

 

“Barry’s advice was so helpful. I feel a lot less overwhelmed about buying new equipment now”

-Sandy C.

 

“I NEVER find webinars that are this straightforward and useful. This was such a gem.”

-Roger F.

 

What You'll Learn

  • The Main Things to Keep In Mind When Building Your Kit
  • A Straightforward Rundown of the Standard Gear Essentials for Different Types of Jobs
    • Meat and potatoes kit
    • Standard filming
    • Shooting a talking head
    • B-roll package
  • A Guide to Traveling with Gear
    • What case should you get
    • How to pack
    • Strategies to save money on baggage fees
  • How to Assemble A Great Audio Kit on a Budget
    • Microphones
    • Headphones
    • Boom poles
    • Invaluable audio tools didn’t know you needed
  • Kit Essentials No One Ever Tells You That You Should Have
    • And things you don’t really need (even if people say you do)
  • Q&A with Barry

About Your Instructor

Barry Andersson is an award-winning director and cinematographer. He has directed 5 feature films and has had his features theatrically released in theaters and his last film is being distributed by Lionsgate. Mr Andersson’s career includes several television pilots, acclaimed short films, numerous commercials, and countless commercials and corporate videos. Mr Andersson is also the author of the DSLR Filmmakers Handbook.

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