Movie Making Equipment

Making movies is great for techies who love the latest gadgets but there is a set of skills that a Director really needs to have when it comes to the equipment used to shoot their movie.

Starting with the cameras, any photographic background is great.  You don't have to know how to set up a camera if you have an experienced camera operator on your crew, but you do need to know about composition, lighting, framing and all the other things that make a movie visually interesting.

Light can be used spectacularly in a movie (check out Orson Welles' The Third Man) and it can make digital movies look more 'film-like' in quality if used well.

Similarly, great use of sound adds so much to any movie.  Think of the overlapping dialogue in Robert Altman Movies or the soundtrack and atmospheric sound in Donnie Darko.

Laying your hands on expensive kit is easy if you've won the lottery but there are ways to get your hands on what you need cheaply and even for free. Check out hiring as an option but remember that if you own your camera, you get the chance to become much more familiar with it and use it whenever you want. You may even start a wedding or corporate video business when you're not making movies!

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