February 18, 2015 at 4:48AM
Camera and lights, 7-12k budget
Due to funding issues, the small production team I work in has been reduced from three to one - me.
If the budget allows I will be hiring freelancers, but more often than not I will now be handling all production as well as post (I was the full-time editor and spare pair of hands on set).
The production side of things isn't the problem - I've been around long enough to be more than competent on lights/camera/sound etc - the real issue is the equipment, or rather the size.
As a unit we've built up masses of gear over the years and have progressed from film to digital so consequently it is old skool ie. big and heavy - fine for three to transport and rig, but no good for one.
Most urgently I need to replace the camera and lights as these make up the bulk of the equipment.
If I can trade or sell the older gear I'm looking at a budget of £7-12k.
Initially I was going to hire camera/lights on a per job basis, but occasionally due to time constraints this wouldn't be feasible so I've been told by the powers that be I must invest in new gear.
The kit would have to be good for multi-purpose use. Long interviews, green screen, drama, documentary, 99% studio or internal set.
Lenses could be hired or in emergencies (mainly interviews or when the budget is tight) I can borrow various Canon EF or legacy lenses from our photography department.
So in short: A good all round one man camera and lighting kit (with any leftover cash possibly for lenses or smaller or more suitable sound gear.)
ps. I have a Canon 7D Mk1 at my disposal, but I believe there is an issue with overheating and record time. Also it's not great for keying.