In this blog I will be writing about different ways to keep your equipment safe while filming.
In today’s film industry, everyone wants to be a director/ cinematographer. The problem is that most of the time, people are trying to save money by not renting or buying expensive camera gear and end up with a cheap camcorder.
I’ve heard many stories from fellow filmmakers about how they lost their equipment while they were out filming. Usually it was because they were in a hurry, and did not properly secure their stuff. It’s dangerous out there!
So, I am writing this blog in hopes of making people think twice before leaving the hotel room or leaving the house without properly securing their equipment.
If you are a film maker, then you know that your gear is very expensive. Just a regular DSLR can cost you several thousand dollars. It is very important to take care of your equipment to make sure that it does not get damaged and that it stays in working order at all times. Here are some tips for keeping your gear safe while filming.
This is the first and most obvious precaution. You would not want to lose your equipment and since it can be heavy, you may want to use a dolly or anything else that will make it easier to bring around for shoots. You need to make sure that your equipment is not damaged because of the way you are transporting it so make sure that you wrap it up in bubble wrap if it has any glass or screen on which scratches could easily occur. If you do not have bubble wrap, then try using something else such as an old blanket or cardboard box.
Tripods are usually quite fragile especially if they are tall as they tend to be top-heavy. Make sure that when placing them on the ground, you place something under its legs to raise it up so that it does not get damaged by the ground especially if there are rocks or pebbles on the surface where you are placing the tripod. Also
I’ve been filming for almost 10 years now and in that time I’ve had my fair share of equipment lost, damaged and stolen. It’s not fun but it is part of being a filmmaker.
The majority of it has been lost or stolen from me. I’ve had all sorts of things taken from me, from memory cards to hard drives to cameras themselves. The worst part is that most of the time I know who did it but I can’t prove a thing.
So here are a few tips for keeping your gear safe.
1) Lock up your memory cards
I have this tiny little camera bag that holds my camera with a lens, one or two extra lenses and all my accessories. It’s not much bigger than an old VHS tape case. It fits just enough stuff to get me out the door without having to carry anything else around. But the camera bag doesn’t lock and neither do any of my cases so they’re not really safe for storing your gear while you’re out and about filming. But they’re great for carrying your gear around in.*
2) Tape your memory cards into place
When I’m out filming I’ll usually have at least 2 micro SD cards with me, one for my audio recorder and one for my camera
It’s a common occurrence when filming, especially on set in an unfamiliar place. You’re left alone and need to find someplace to temporarily store your camera gear. It could be because you’re waiting to film a scene, or maybe you just want a few minutes of privacy while changing lenses. It’s frustrating when there is nowhere to leave your gear while you take care of something else.
When I started my filmmaking career I’d often have to find places to store my gear and would usually look around for things like chairs, tables, platforms and even vehicles that I could use as workstations. Then one day I realized that there are many options out there that are specifically designed for this purpose. There are three main types of products that help solve this problem: camera cases, tripod mounts, and camera stands. Let’s look at each individually so you can see which will be best for you.*
My name is Bryan. I’m a filmmaker and photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. I’ve been shooting with DSLRs for about five years now, and have amassed a collection of camera bodies and lenses that leaves my camera bag feeling very heavy. Obviously, this can be a problem in some situations.
Trying to find the best ways to carry my equipment around has been an ongoing process. I researched a lot of different bags, cases, straps, and even tried making my own backpack style harness to have more control of where the weight is distributed on my body while shooting.
My goal with this site is to share what I’ve learned through my research and experiences as well as provide some insight into the world of independent filmmaking as a whole. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking to upgrade your existing setup, hopefully you’ll find something here that will help make your next shoot safer.*
Hi, my name is Jeff and I have been in the film industry for about 9 years now. I have been a Camera Assistant for about 5 years and I am currently an AC 1st assistant.
I am writing this blog because I find that people don’t really talk about equipment safety very much. It is a major concern of mine! I have lost countless pieces of gear over the years and it is always a big blow to my wallet and my pride.
Tripods are the most common piece of equipment to get stolen or damaged. There are so many ways you can keep your tripod safe when you are out on location, production or even just around town, here are four of them:
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