I am frequently asked during conferences or directly by email about what kind of equipment I am using or what kind of equipment one should choose. I am personally used both RED and CANON cameras (C300 and Still bodies), and I love them both. However, as incredible as they might be, they are tools. I always advise not to focus too much on gear & technics, since the very best stories, you will tell it with your heart and feeling.
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Once you touch RAW video and still, it is very difficult to do without, and so I really love working with RED for that reason (REDCODE), and with CANON and their DSLR for stills. On some project, I also like to use the CANON C300s because of its great ergonomic and also impressive video autofocus. On the photo story side, I always have 2 different bodies, first because I am often using two different kind of focal for shooting the same subject and naturally in case of technical issues on one of the body.
CANON EF Lenses are incredibly sharp, lightweight, and all have a motorized focus so useful both in filmmaking (RED Latitude, Foolcontrol, CANON autofocus) and photography. I am using the 17-40 for landscape, the 70-300 for close wildlife and landscape, the 100mm for macro/portrait and the 500mm/300mm for distance wildlife. The Canon 24-70f/4 IS along with the Canon 17-40f/4 are my workhorses for many documentaries. Oh and the 35mm is my definitive lens for still portrait.
Movement is everything! Those tools allow me to create very precise moving shots which have a strong impact in films and storytelling.
Do not neglect this piece of equipment, a good tripod&head can save a lot of shots & time. The Sachtler Flowtech 75 could be the best tripod in the world, according to…me 🙂
Those are the main software I’m using everyday, completed by several plugins.
iMac 5K are incredible powerful machines, totally able to work on multi-camera 4K projects. The 5K screen is also very important and make judging sharpness and quality of 4K shots easier. On the other side, laptop are nowadays powerful enough for getting many jobs done + they allow me to travel with MOST of my office on location.
Sound is the one thing not to underestimate. I’m usually using the help of people dedicated to this, but when I can not, those tools allow me to get the job done.
One of the most valuable piece of equipment. Good lights help me creating the exact ambiance I need on the set, particularly for interviews.
This list could be pretty long since I use many different kind of accessories : reflectors, wireless triggers, Gorilla Pod, GoPro…etc.
This is a typical Camera trap setup, to this have to be added tools to stabilize the camera and the flashes, like tripod or Manfrotto Magic arm. To know more, get my ebook!