Video Production Gear List | Shooting A Web or TV Series
Posted August 3, 2015
Background: I am taking a round-the-world trip and will be filming a TV series (think parts unknown without the million dollar budget and crew). I will be traveling on a bicycle mostly. For the most part it will be me and me alone for the camera crew.
I have nudged a few tv networks about carrying the program but they have been on the fence!
I will be using two cameras (one gopro-like camera for scenes that could not be filmed with other cameras) and a semi professional camera rig for location shooting/interviews.
Training: I am an accomplished photographer, a very amateur videographer, a camera has not been selected yet.
Research: I have been taking extensive research and classes learning how to run a camera, run sound, setup a location, select and light an interview, on location shooting, post production, production, you name it. I am absorbing information at a rapid rate in the hopes of success!
Budget: does a stick of bubble gum and earwax count? But seriously this project will be funded by my own pocket, therefore the goal is to strike a happy medium between breaking my bank and making good television. My goal is to buy a slightly older but still HD rig and shoot on DV tape, while this will inherently add costs in some areas it will cut them in others.
- HD DV camera (used but in good shape)
- Video light of some sort that is portable
- DSS (dual system sound) as a backup only, my goal will be to run the mics from the camera since most cameras have excellent preamps already on board
- A sturdier tripod, also looking into mono pods with feet to get nice simul dolly shots (tripod needs to be very lightweight but able to hold the camera)
- I will use a rode video mic as I have found an adapter to plug it into the canon xlr input, plus it makes a great boom mic (Already own this)
- I cannot travel with a boom pole, but I have an idea on using a heavy duty selfie stick. If I need further reach on a shoot I can use gaffers tape to wrap it around a pole or tree branch or whatever, its the best use for those stupid sticks ever, plus the videomic weighs (nothing)
- the necessary cables and adapters needed
- still not sure what to get but I need a way to convert the tapes to digital (firewire to ???)
- I will purchase 50 DV tapes, take ten with me, and send them home when they are done, and exchange them for more, that way the originals will be kept safe in the USA (not sure on how that will work yet)
- I already own my lav mics, but I might look into getting a better brand
- Extra batteries and charger of course
- tape cleaner device
- I want to modify my steadi rig to fit this camera so I can mount it if need be
- I will take a car backup camera monitor along with a 12v rechargeable battery pack to make a field monitor on my rig
- pair of portable but solid headphones for shoot monitoring from the canon sound
- Some sort of $150+ digital point and shoot to at least capture photos
- An external drive (which I already have, but its a 5400 rpm in an enclosure) to store the footage converted from tape
- LW (Lightworks) as the primary editor, with Blufftitler DX Super pack, to handle title sequences and end sequences, Adobe fireworks to handle minor graphics adjustment, ( I wanted blackmagic fusion, but when I tried to run it I got an error about my video card, so this ultrabook is obviously not powerful enough)
The episodes will be shot, edited then produced and uploadedPost production
I am going to try to avoid ADR or Foley or post sync, I think if i shoot this straight up while not perfect at least it will be real, my edits will only be to shave off pre and post roll on a cut, the rest will be kept in!Tentative shooting schedule
day 1 (on the ground location and shot schedule research)
day 2 + 3 (shoot days)
day 4 (edit day)
day 5 (upload)
day 6 + 7 (rest days)
Recycle for next episodeGoal
: to interest enough of an audience to be picked up by a major network, if not at least enjoy the whole experience for what it is!
Feel free to share feedback and ideas....