Production Company Exposes Their Secret Equipment List for How to Make a Movie

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Recently, a nationally recognized production company which chooses to remain anonymous, has leaked invaluable information on how to make a movie - and not go broke in the process. From a music video, corporate video, or even to how to make a documentary, the gear list shown here represents the best of modern-day production equipment. Here are the essentials that any budding filmmaker needs to get started. New filmmakers constantly ask, "what equipment do I need to make a movie?" says our source. "Without fail, filmmakers constantly find themselves with expensive gear they don't know how to use - so we decided to make it simple, affordable, and easy to understand," they added with authority.

"The first thing people tend to forget is professional sound equipment," says the source, like the Rode SM3 Shock Mount for Shotgun microphones. The SM3 also has a suspension shock mount, hot shoe adapter and can be used with a number of video cameras. With its flexibility, it can be put at the end of a standard boom without much fuss. There is also the Sanken CS-1e Short Shotgun Microphone. Its compact design ensures it stays out of frame. It’s comfortable to operate with a biased condenser capsule and output that returns sharp directivity and great range. It minimizes feedback and noise for professional audio capture. "If you forget about audio, you can forget about your picture," they continued.

Among the things needed to make a movie is the Rode Shotgun Boompole. It’s an affordable boom pole that returns high grade results. It allows the connection of the Rode mic to a series of video cameras. It has great isolation to prevent vibration, a suspension shock mount and hot shoe adapter.

A high grade adapter for attaching audio gear, like microphones, to a camcorder equipped with a built in microphone jack is definitely something you need to make a movie. The BeachTek DXA-2T Universal Audio Adapter was engineered for compact camcorders. It has two transformer balanced XLR inputs and an unbalanced stereo mini-jack for output. There are trim controls, line and mic switches and premium wide bandwidth balancing transformers for getting your XLR audio into prosumer cameras.

Movies are an audio and visual medium. At the top of the visual components is the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount. With 13 stops of dynamic range, it captures truly cinematic images. It handles details to the point of maintaining images outside windows while filming indoors. Forget the use of a DSLR, the Black Magic Design Cinema Camera uses EF Mount Lenses, and has reduced their costs to lower than a high-end DSLR and shoots straight to Solid State Hard Disks for easy editing.

DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D mark III were once the affordable tools of choice for many budget film productions. The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras (and the Black Magic Design Cinema Camera) has a USM system that promises silent and quick autofocus, and was the real magic behind the camera. There’s manual focus for the detail oriented cinematographer. Unless a shaky effect is preferred, this unit has image stabilizing technology, as well as an aspherical lens to minimize distortion and chromatic aberration. "Smart cinematographers use this superior glass on the Black Magic Cinema Camera for unbeatable production quality at a fraction of the cost," says our source.

"To avoid that shaky cam, it’s a good idea to have a sturdy tripod on hand," they added. The Manfrotto MVH502A Video Tripod System has an Mvh502A fluid head, a 546 tripod and a tripod bag for easy transport. It has independent fluid cartridges to enhance smooth movement for pan and tilt axis.

Arri light systems are a staple for every aspect of the critical lighting in filmmaking. They have produced innovative technology for almost a century. The Arri Softbank IV Plus 5 Light Kit combines a Chimera Softbank with their best Fresnel sources. Create softly defined shadow edges or simulate cloudy days. Create the perfect interview atmosphere. This kit comes with Tungsten Fresnel lights, filter frames, 2 ESP lamps, single scrims for the 150 watt Fresnel and leaf barndoor sets. This kit represents everything needed for superior light. "How to make a documentary, commercial, or movie look right, requires light." our source says.

Lastly, The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One Making the Extreme No Budget Film. "This book contains very useful info about things you need to make a movie, how to make a documentary, or create a corporate video," says our source. The writer tackles what the process entails, mistakes to avoid and why the production process can be stagnating and frustrating. Practical steps to making a movie are interspersed among the author’s trials and tribulations. "Combined with the right gear, the right attidude, and a few good books, almost anyone can make a movie these days," our source adds. From how to create a movie to how to make a documentary, find the nuts and bolts what it takes to make a movie now, read the first few pages of The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One, here.

Once this excellent read has been partaken, the filmmaker will have a stronger understanding of how to make a video documentary or how to produce a movie. The filmmaker can start asking themselves, "What equipment do I need to make a movie, YouTube video, or documentary?" The equipment recommended by this production company ranks high in video equipment reviews and promises to help make any project a success.

"This leaked list is as educational as the best film schools. An inspiring read and these recommended sound, video and lighting tools make excellent advice for how to film a movie. This list is a priceless lesson in knowing how to make a documentary, YouTube video or short film. There is no longer a need to wonder 'what equipment do I need to make a movie' because it’s all right here," concludes our source.

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