Back when I went to school, everything was film. I learned to splice and edit the way it had been done for decades and made my first film on a Super 8 camera. The bug to make movies, specifically documentaries, never left. I’m always so interested in the stories folks have to tell. The technology available today finally puts the tools I need within my grasp. I like being scrappy and resourceful, so the fact that I can accomplish what I want to do with very little money is exciting to me and as inspiring as the creative process itself. It’s so MacGyver! Here’s my setup:
Everything nestled neatly in a rolling Pelican Case.
- My Nikon D3100 (already owned)
- Battery grip and extra batteries
- 18mm-55mm Nikon lens (already owned)
- Tascam DR-100mkII 2 channel digital audio recorder
- Lavalier microphone
- Dual shoe bracket, for holding the audio recorder and LED light panel
- Benro video monopod with 3 leg base
- Shoulder rig mount
- Dimmable LED light panel
Instead of an expensive digital clapper board, I downloaded an app for my iPad so I can easily sync audio and video. With the audio recorder mounted to my camera, which is mounted to the monopod, I don’t have to fumble with an extra tripod. It’s all lean and nimble. The D3100 produces beautiful footage and it’s a very affordable camera. I mean, for a setup running less than $700 (not including the camera and lens, which I already had) how can you go wrong? I hope this inspires other folks to realize how accessible micro-budget filmmaking is. Is this something you would tackle? Check out the teaser for our first project by clicking here.