November 27, 2017

7 Must-Have Filmmaking Items That Will Cost You Less than $20

What kinds of things do you always keep on hand when you're on set?

When it comes to gear, there are the obvious essentials that you need to make sure you have, like cameras, lenses, tripods, batteries, and power cables, but there are also a ton of weird, random things that you may not know you need until you actually need it. In this video, Matti Haapoja of TravelFeels lists a handful of handy items that he thinks filmmakers should always carry with them to every set on every project—and to commemorate Cyber Monday, all of them are less than $20. Check it out below:

As you spend more and more time on film sets you'll realize how many completely random things come in handy when you're trying to get your work done. Flashlights, Sharpies, and small screwdrivers soon become worth their weight in gold, because not only are you going to need them eventually, but they fix those stupid, little issues that you don't anticipate having to deal with. 

Here's Haapoja's list of essential items:

  • Bongo ties
  • Shower curtain
  • Clamps
  • Step rings
  • Gaff tape
  • China ball lanterns
  • BlackWrap/Cinefoil

What are some other weird/random things filmmakers should always keep on set? Let us know down in the comments.      

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How bout a CP 47, C47, 47, peg, ammo, or bullet....a clothespin :)

November 27, 2017 at 10:19PM

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Philip Archer
Producer, Director
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It's funny with both Travel Feels and Peter McKinnon.... none of them have any "real" work to show... not on their website nor on their instagram. It's all about "Hey... check out my new YT video... for... no reason and no client."

Maybe I'm just getting old, but the idea of taking advide from someone who hasn't got a lot of production experience (beyond YT videos for the sake of clicks / views which there are TONS off...), just feels wrong.

November 28, 2017 at 9:51AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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I totally agree, you are getting old! (JJK, me too!) On the other end of the spectrum there are some true gems on YouTube like Simon Cade that seem to make up for the noise makers and click bait.

November 28, 2017 at 10:44AM

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Dylan Sunshine Saliba
Cinematographer
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Amen!

November 28, 2017 at 10:51AM

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Arne Noot
Videographer / Editor
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aha yes good point:)

November 29, 2017 at 3:41PM

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zev st
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true

November 28, 2017 at 10:09AM, Edited November 28, 10:09AM

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Alexandre Ortscheit
Film Student
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Vicks. I just shot near a farm and the manure stench attacked my nostrils. in all fairness, you get desensitized after a while. Rub the vicks on your upper lip. Enjoy menthol...

November 28, 2017 at 12:26PM

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RJ Ortiz
Cinematographer
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Clif Bars or something similar.

I'm not a fan of Bongo Ties (I have lots though) since the rubber gives way after awhile, but I AM a fan of MatthTies for keeping heavy stingers coiled up (any kind of thick or long cable, actually) and other things - not just for attaching silks and such to frames.

November 30, 2017 at 1:18PM

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Hey V Renee.... you forgot to mention $9.99 music from Filmstro! Yes there are licenses that cost more than $20, but most Indie Filmmakers will find that our entry-level $9.99 per month license for our production music catalogue is ample...oh, or a one-off month pass for $14.99!
Cheers! :)

November 30, 2017 at 1:41PM

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Seb Jaeger
Music Director
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