2016 Holiday Gift Guide
For Filmmakers

Gift Ideas in Electronics, Video and Filmmaking

Koolertron Canvas DSLR Camera Shoulder Bag Backpac

Photo/Video Bag


Every filmmaker needs a good bag to hold their gear. This handsome bag is the Koolertron Canvas Weatherproof Shoulder Bag. It's designed to hold both Photo and Video Cameras.

JOBY Gorillapod Tripod



A great little accessory for your DSLR or other camera to capture those tough-to-get shots. Wrap the Gorillapod around a tree, light pole or any object you can think of. Total creative freedom!

Camera Video Light


A nice pop of light really comes in handy when the shooting in a "run and gun" situation where the lighting is not ideal. Great for documentaries, weddings, conferences and other events. 



A great set of headphones is filmmaker's best friend. Anyone who's been in the filmmaking business for any length of time knows that audio can make or break a production. A professional headphone set insures excellent recorded sound every time.

Audio Recorder


And speaking of audio, don't rely on your camera's internal mic to capture sound (can we all say "amateur"). An external audio recorder such as the Zoom H1 (left) is a little gadget that will help create big results for a small price.

Collection of Lenses


Any filmmaker would be thrilled to open up a gift that includes a nice set of lenses. This particular pack is a great starter kit for the Canon Rebel series of cameras.

GoPro Hero 4



This is an amazingly cool gadget. We absolutely love this camera! Creates super cool fish-eye shots. You can attach to a bike, a car, a boat, a helmet... or use it to film inside tight spaces. GoPro accessories are also great gifts.

GoPro Accessory Bundle


Here's one example of a nice bundle of accessories for the GoPro Hero camera. This kit comes with a bobber, removable floaty and anti-fog inserts. Great for the filmmaker who's shooting in and around water.

GoPro Selfie Stick


Who wouldn't want a selfie stick? Especially for the GoPro. This waterproof selfie handheld monopod for the Hero 1 2 3 4 is a great addition to any filmmaker's gear bag. Great for sports and on-the-go filming.

Documentary T-Shirt


Slightly crude, but a message that pretty much every documentary filmmaker can relate to. If you want to give a gift that will generate a chuckle, this is a good one.

Documentary Filmmakers Handbook

The Documentary Filmmakers Handbook


A great gift for a new documentary filmmaker. This is a fantastic resource that covers everything you need to know about making documentaries.  Top experts in the field are interviewed on a range of subjects including fundraising, production and distribution.

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck


Learn the basics of video production in this no-nonsense video production guide.  Written by Steve Stockman, the director of Two Weeks (2007), How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck explains in 74 short, pithy, insightful chapters how to tell a story and entertain your audience. 

Shaking the Money Tree


This is a must-have item for every documentary filmmaker who is in need of funding. Considered by many the "bible" for independent noncommercial film and video fundraising. Highly recommended!

writer's hat

Classic Writer's Hat


This adjustable cap is a great gift for a writer of any kind. Made of earth-friendly RPET organic cotton. Available in black or natural from the Writer's Store.

Director's Clapboard Slate


If you're using two pieces of equipment to capture audio and video separately, you'll need a clap board to help sync it all up in editing. It's also a great way to visually "mark" each scene while you're out in the field shooting.

Shut Up And Shoot Documentary Guide

Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide


Got a filmmaking friend who's all talk and no action? Or maybe that's you! Give yourself a kick in the pants with this book. The title says it all. This is a wonderfully in-depth and comprehensive overview of documentary filmmaking with an edgy fun attitude. 

Light Reflector


This is a MUST-HAVE item for every documentary filmmaker or video enthusiast. You never know what kind of lighting situations you'll encounter and this handy reflector can turn an ugly amateur-looking shot into a golden and gorgeously lit scene.

Microphone Wind Muff


Don't let the wind ruin your audio. This handy furry friend can be a life saver when you need to get the shot and want to keep out unwanted wind noise.

Movie Poster


Movie posters are great fun to put up in your editing suite or dorm room as inspiration.

This Star Wars poster is a classic or choose from thousands of others.

Desktop Documentaries Gift Card

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Give the gift of filmmaking with a Desktop Documentaries Gift Card. Our popular 7-Day Documentary Crash Course or Fundraising Tool Kit are wonderful gifts for someone just getting started in documentaries.

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iPad Teleprompter


Any tablet such as an iPad or Kindle (even a smart phone!) can be transformed into a teleprompter with a teleprompter app such as the "Easy-prompter" ($1.49). The tablet can then be rigged up using a pre-made rig such as the one pictured or you can make your own homeade rig. 

Quadcopter Camera Drone


Who wouldn't want one of these fun toys. Capture amazing aerial footage with the Phantom 3 Quardcopter 4K Video Camera Drone or another drone of your choice. 

Apple Mac Book Pro Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro Laptop


Ready to splurge!? You can't go wrong with the latest Apple MacBook Pro laptop with Retina display.

Awesome for video editing on the go!

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