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Cut the cost of filmmaking equipment

XF100

You can save a lot of money on filmmaking gear by choosing what you need, not what the marketers want you to buy. So here are my tips: 1 Don’t be an early adopter New cameras are most expensive when they first go on sale. The price usually drops a lot after a few months, so if you don’t … Read more

Panasonic GH5, a mirrorless camera built for filmmaking

Panasonic’s new GH5, out at the end of March, offers more pro filmmaking features than any other mirrorless camera. With powerful in-body image stabilisation, fast autofocus, it’ll be a great choice for news shooters, documentary filmmakers and events.

iOgrapher, Shoulderpod or Ztylus: iPhone handle, clamp and case comparison

iPhones are great unobtrusive tools for shooting video. But they’re not easy to hold steady. A case or clamp would be the first accessory I’d buy.

I’ve tested three alternatives: the iOgrapher case for iPhone 6/6S (they also make it for other iPhones, iPads and GoPros); the Ztylus Pistol Grip Kit, which I’ve been using for a while: and the ShoulderPod S1 clamp and H1 handle.


Tom Barrance

Tom Barrance I teach all kinds of people to make films. I provide training for businesses, arts organisations, nonprofits and education. I’ve worked on film education projects with Apple Education, the British Film Institute, Film Education, Film: 21st Century Literacy and many more. My publications include Making Movies Make Sense and EditClass