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Documentary Tips, Issue #027 -- Best Documentary Gear
November 22, 2013

November 2013 - Documentary Tips Issue #027


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Best Gear For Making Documentaries

If you're like me, you're always curious what other filmmakers are using to shoot their documentaries. It's easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest filmmaking toys. Count me as guilty!

The cold hard truth is that there is no such thing as the best gear for documentary filmmaking. Actually, there is. The best gear is what you can afford and what you have access to! Shiny new toys are nice, but in the end, it's the STORYTELLING that matters.

With that said, you want the best equipment you can get to make sure you are capturing the story in the best way possible (for example, don't skimp on audio!). The best equipment for one documentary will be very different for another. So how do you choose the best gear for YOUR situation?

One great way to do that is by seeing what other filmmakers use who are shooting similar films that you want to shoot.

What's In My Camera Bag

Las Vegas-based documentary producer Michael Maroy does a great job walking through each piece of equipment he owns for his run-and-gun documentary shoots. Watch What's In My Camera Bag By Michael Maroy.

Other Filmmaking Gear Lists

There's a growing collection of Filmmakers Gear Lists posted at the bottom of the Video Production Gear page. I'd love to include a page about YOU and your gear. Please reply to this e-mail and let me know if you'd like to be included!

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Until next time, happy filmmaking!


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