September 14, 2017

Filmmaking Utility Belt: What Kinds of Supplies Should You Carry With You On Set?

Superheroes aren't the only ones that have super sweet utility belts.

What is that one thing, and we all have that one thing, that you always need on set but never have (other than a bigger budget and another week of shooting)? It's always some random tool or supply that easily gets overlooked when packing up the essentials, like a camera, tripod, and lights, but instead of getting frustrated about not having what you need on set, take a look at this video. In it, the team at The Film Look have listed a hodgepodge of supplies that you never think you need until you damn do. (They also show you a pretty cool and definitely not AV Club nerd utility belt setup in which to store all of your precious treasures.

The video lists a ton of essential supplies that you'll want to keep on hand when working on set (especially if you're a 1st AC) all of which can be kept in the handy-dandy OneTigris pouch mentioned in the video, which retails at about $17. You can fill that thing with the following items. (If you're interested, the links to everything is listed in the video's description.)

  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Ear Protection
  • Sharpies
  • Ball Point Pens
  • Clamps
  • Carabiners
  • Radios
  • Lens Cleaning Kit
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Microfibre Cloths
  • Multi-tool
  • Torch
  • Hey/Allen Key Tool
  • Velcro Straps
  • Heat Resistant Gloves
  • Business Cards

Now, if you want to go full superhero and make this the ultimate filmmaking utility belt, get yourself a heavy duty nylon belt (OneTigris has one for $33) and a rigging strap. From there you'll be able to attach your fully stocked pouch to the belt and a rainbowed array of gaffer tape to the strap and boom, you're ready for just about everything that could happen on set.

What are some other essential items that should be kept on-hand? Let us know down in the comments.      

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Nice. Can't find those item links, though...

September 14, 2017 at 4:40AM

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Rob Cole-Hamilton
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Just checked, links are in the video description!

September 14, 2017 at 2:53PM, Edited September 14, 2:53PM

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Andrew Sellers
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Yeah links are missing, but it's really interesting. Nofilmschool on point as always.

September 14, 2017 at 1:04PM

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You have to watch the video on youtube.com to see the links. (The links are in the description section on the video's youtube page.)

September 14, 2017 at 6:42PM, Edited September 14, 6:42PM

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This is a phenomenal combo! The belt alone is something I've been looking for for some time, but the whole list is spot on. Another piece I might add to that belt would be a measuring tape, for those who care enough to notate their distances in shots.

September 14, 2017 at 2:55PM, Edited September 14, 2:55PM

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Andrew Sellers
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wow, that is interesting

September 15, 2017 at 5:59AM

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September 16, 2017 at 5:40AM

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September 16, 2017 at 5:41AM, Edited September 16, 5:41AM

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Quick tip. Looking for a tape strap? FilmTools and expendables stores will sell them for an arm and a leg. Alternative, get a dog collar at the dollar store. It's essentially the same thing, but even better, because the D-ring on the collar used for the leash fits perfectly on C-stand pins and is better for clipping onto carabiners. The only difference between an official tape strap and a dog collar is the D-ring. A more effective tape strap for 1/15th of the price? Who knew?

September 16, 2017 at 1:58PM, Edited September 16, 2:00PM

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jordancrowder
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