gearbagindexI have been asked by many of our readers to share details regarding my personal Gear Bag. I use a vast array of tools to be able to tell all types of stories and wanted to break it down with detail. If I roll out with a Canon 5D MK III, then this is what I would use with it. If I am shooting with a C300, C500 or a 1DC, this is how I would accessorize it.

Pulling from years of experience and extensive lens, camera and rig testing, this should help you to avoid the land mines and make educated choices in building your personal kit. You will see price points that are vast, Mercedes vs. Ford style, but I wanted you to see that I have used both and these are the ones that I would recommend for a variety of budgets. I am also including pearls of wisdom with the plethora of lenses and cameras. I have learned so much on this journey. Here we GO!

Gear Bag Categories

DSLR Cameras

Navigate my choice of cameras along with lens systems that can be paired with them. Look to the blog for in depth tests and research that we have done over the years. Shane Hurlbut, ASC Navigate my choice of cameras along with lens systems that can be paired with them. Look to the blog for in depth tests and research that we have done over the years to help guide your decision making process. Related Blog Posts: HDSLR workflow and etiquette Cinematographer starter kit Testing your camera emulsion Mixing formats; Arri, Canon

Cinema Cameras

35mm Sensor Size Pro Cameras A professional 35mm sensor camera section highlights each of my cameras of choice and the projects for which I would use them. Pearls of wisdom along with camera, lens and… The professional 35mm sensor camera section highlights each of my cameras of choice and the projects for which I would use them. Pearls of wisdom along with camera, lens and gear specs are included to help make your choice easier on your custom kit. Related Blog Posts: Accessorizing your 1DC Accesorizing your 1DC for cinematic capture Blackmagic cinema camera tests Blackmagic camera post workflow

Cages

This is probably one of the most essential pieces of rigging that you can buy to be able to build out and accessorize your camera. Viewfactor was the one who started this whole idea of surrounding the… This is probably one of the most essential pieces of rigging that you can buy to be able to build out and accessorize your camera. Viewfactor was the one who started this whole idea of surrounding the Canon 5D with the necessary aluminum frame that could support rigging and a base plate technology. After they paved the route, many others followed with their own version of the same idea. Here are my selects. Related Blog Posts: The Blackmagic Cinema Camera Accessorizing your 1DC for cinematic capture pt1 Accessorizing your 1DC for cinematic capture pt2 MCS cage adds versatility

Cinema Lenses

These lenses were used to shoot Need for Speed. All of these are new to the glass world and have been battle tested in extreme conditions on this DreamWorks feature. These lenses were used to shoot Need for Speed. All of these are new to the glass world and have been battle tested in extreme conditions on this DreamWorks feature. Related Blog Posts: How lenses assist storytelling Part 3 How lenses assist storytelling Part 2 How lenses assist storytelling Part 1 Turning still cameras into PL mount movie makers

DSLR Lenses

Still Glass These lenses have been vetted and tested on my feature films and spot work. Here are some blog posts on in depth tests and research that we have done over the years: Still Lenses That Can … Still Glass These lenses have been vetted and tested on my feature films and spot work. Related Blog Posts: Adapting your Canon arsenal with Duclos Lens Test Leica R Mount lenses for Canon HDSLR Still Lenses that can grace the big screen

Audio & Meters

Excellent audio quality is vital to any film or video project. Typically, you would hire a sound crew to handle it. For those of you who are “one-man band” type filmmakers, these tools should help you get the best audio capture. Also included are my goto color and light meters. Related Blog Posts: Reading a light meter DSLR mic test The basics of audio equipment Hurlblog sound guru Gene Martin

EVFs and Monitors

These devices are game changers. Helping to shape your vision these are the tools that get it done. Related Blog Posts: Accesorizing your 1DC Part 2 Accessorizing your 1DC for cinematic capture Interview with Greg Staten of HP Big winners the SmallHD story

Filters

Filters intensify the cinematic quality of your HD image. Using Neutral Density filtration is the secret to a shallower depth of field and will give you that filmic look. I have found that Tiffen really has knocked these out of the park. They created really clean glass called Water White, which keeps your color space pure. Related Blog Posts: Cinematographer starter kit Polarizing filters, powerful filmmaking tools Diffusion for the digital age, the use of glass filtration Filtration; beware of the reaper of cheap glass

Focus Systems

Follow focus devices: Manual and Remote As essential as a cage is to your rigging support, the quality and smoothness of a good follow focus is paramount. Made more difficult with the new digital sensors. Related Blog Posts: Cinematographer starter kit The power of focus

Media

Media cards and SSD drives are essentially your film negative in the digital world. Although they can be pricey, it is an investment you shouldn’t cheat on. Related Blog Posts: HDSLR workflow and etiquette Cinematographer starter kit Media management with Julien Lasseur A media manager has your back

Motion Makers

I wanted to add my go to motion makers that do not break the bank to my gear bag. With simple moves, can take your story that much higher. I have assembled a group of sliders, dollies, cranes, etc. Us… I wanted to add my go to motion makers that do not break the bank to my gear bag. With simple moves, can take your story that much higher. I have assembled a group of sliders, dollies, cranes, etc. Related Blog Posts: When a Small Move Makes All the Difference: Kessler Crane’s CineSlider Using a Crane: Educating your Audience on Geography & the Art of Discovery Sports Authority” with the The Kessler V3 Crane and Revolution Head The Cineped full 360 rotatable slider

Rig Systems

The rig systems in my gear bag have been battle tested on Act of Valor, Need for Speed and many commercials and music videos. They each have their unique abilities to assist you in your creative captu… The rig systems in my gear bag have been battle tested on Act of Valor, Need for Speed and many commercials and music videos. They each have their unique abilities to assist you in your creative capture. Related Blog Posts: Cinematographer starter kit Why a shouldercam should be heavy Master Cinema Series Camera stabilization

Batteries & Chargers

This a listing of my chargers and batteries. I know I can trust them when it counts. Related Blog Posts: Anton Bauer Gold mount battery plate for C300 & C500 Cinematographer starter kit