1. Video camera
Who is your target audience? Are you going to show the film on social media, large screen or is just for a function to be shown on a smart device or TV? Are you going to do any king of stealth or static camera shots?
To get started, you can likely get away with a camcorder, mirrorless camera, or DSLR with high-quality Full HD video capabilities. It is quite easy to get an inexpensive camera with 4K video these days, so that is definitely worth looking into.
There’re so many different types of shots, angles and filters that you need when shooting a movie. It’s advisable to start building up a nice set of lenses and filters for your camera. If you do want a zoom, perhaps for documentary or run-and-gun filmmaking, you will want to look for terms such as “parfocal” and “constant aperture.” Parfocal means that focus breathing is non-existent, allowing you to zoom the lens without shifting the focus position. Constant apertures mean that the aperture (and therefore brightness of your image) won’t change as you adjust zoom position. This is important in video where you need things to stay consistent as you make adjustments during a shot.
3. Wireless video transmission system
When shooting a movie, you need to consider using wireless method to transmit your work. It’s advisable to start preparing a lightweight and stable wireless video transmission system for your camera. The time delay is 70 milliseconds and the output of high-definition videos, the distance of 200 meters or more is the best choice. If you can also use a smartphone to watch it, that will be very nice. CVW has this kind of device can meet this need.
Having a small, lightweight monitor is very helpful to the director and focus artist when using photo transfer. It’s not just for setting up a fancy director or client monitor where they can go see everything happening without hovering over the back of the camera operator. Obviously, the main benefit is to allow more people to view the footage who need to see it. Prevents having to constantly playback footage on the camera’s tiny screen or a single monitor in a cramped space. Another benefit is when the camera is far away from the rest of the crew. Sometimes a shot may require having a camera far away while the crew is closer to the action and the wireless monitor gives them all a view of the shot.
5. Tripods and camera support
It’s important to keep the camera steady. Some cameras have very effective built-in stabilization, but most filmmakers use a tripod or monopod at least some of the time. If you want to pan and tilt your camera smoothly, you’ll need a fluid-head tripod. You can also use sliders (for smooth tracking shots), electronic gimbal stabilizers (for continuous flow shots), and brackets (for vertical camera movements).
6. Lights and reflectors
Once you get serious about filmmaking, you’ll want to control the lighting. You can use inexpensive 5-in-1 reflectors to enhance natural light. Basic work lights are a great starting point for learning about creative lighting. For filming on the go, LED panels are the most convenient option, although good panels are expensive. For studio Settings on a budget, CFL soft box lights may be a good choice.