The list below are the things I can’t travel without – regardless of where or what I’m filming.
Tools I Always Have With Me In Post Production
1. Final Cut Pro X
It took a long time for me to transition back to final cut pro, but I’m really glad I did. The the speed and overall interface really compliment my editing style. I don’t think I would switch back to adobe any time soon.
I always have two hard-drives with me. One that I work off of and one that is used as my backup in case anything should go wrong. I backup at the end of everyday and make sure to never keep both drives in the same place.
When I’m throwing together a rough edit or a sample cut for my clients I like to make them look at polished as possible. This is where a series of plugins really come in handy. I use plural eyes to really get the sound right. Magic bullet looks to really define my look. I also use light leaks- this helps transition my edit points and really add subtle depth to my work. Look at www.lightleaks.me/ for examples of this.
Tools I Always Take With Me On Set
When travelling to different sets your camera kit is your most important items. What you decided to bring with you may make the difference between a good day on set and a bad one. My kit varies depending on the kind of shoot. If I’m filming a TVC, I’ll probably bring more practical bulbs, lights of my own and objects to hang in front of my lens (this all depends on the style, if course.) If I’m shooting a wedding I’m more focused on having the right lens, an extra camera and gear that will allow me to work long hours without a break – seriously, this means snacks and water.
Either one of these items comes with me. Sure, every now and again I’ll do a bit of handheld but it’s very rare. With my DSLR the smallest bumps and tilts are noticeable. A good tripod is so important, smooth looking pans and tilts will make a world of difference in the final product. There’s nothing worse than watching a film and noticing the cameraman’s movements – if we do our job right, we shouldn’t exist.
2. Wide angle lens.
I always, without fail, bring my Canon 16-35mm lens. This sucker has saved my life so many time. It’s a fast lens and it’s really wide. This allows me to shoot in tight, low light places efficiently.
I guess this is a given but I can’t tell you the number of time I’ve almost left without checking to make sure I had an extra couple batteries. Not only do I bring batteries, I make sure they’re charged. This involves having a labelled system in place to make sure I know which ones are charged. Oh, I bring the charger too… just in case.