On every shoot, there are problems on top of problems to solve, big and small.
What we filmmakers often don’t think about are the small tools we can pick up that will majorly help us out as we’re running around like crazy people on set.
For this tutorial, we’ve put together 10 of our favorite tools that have come to the rescue time and time again during shoots.
A lot of this stuff you may have considered getting before, but ultimately decided against because you think you won’t use it THAT much. To which we would say… oh yes you will!
All of the tools on this list have saved our lives many times, and we’ll continue to rep them ’til the day we die.
1. Black Foil
One of the coolest things about filmmaking is our ability to alter anything we’re using to make our picture look perfect in the frame.
Even with the most expensive equipment and setup, there will always be alterations necessary on a shoot — and black foil can really be your best friend in those moments.
Use it to:
- Extend your barn doors
- Block off the annoying window ruining your shot
- Quickly make a cookie and add texture to your background
The possibilities are endless… and it’s really quite cheap at just $23.