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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!