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June 14, 2021

9 Accessories Every Filmmaker Needs

Written by
Joel Fuller

Gear

June 14, 2021

9 Accessories Every Filmmaker Needs

Written by
Joel Fuller

RJ Bruni is a filmmaker, owner of the Inmist studio house, and Wildist’s newest instructor of the Cinematic Filmmaking Workshop. In this workshop, RJ teaches you everything you need to know about pre-pro, production, and post so you can make films that move people. Follow along as he goes step-by-step producing his own short film start to finish, and then create your own. His select clients include Land Rover, Travel Alberta, Canon Canada, Therm-a-Rest, and GMC.

Filmmaking is an industry where you are constantly borrowing and renting equipment. Equipment can be super expensive, and sometimes you’ll only need it for a day or a single shoot. RJ is constantly borrowing cameras, lenses, and stabilizers on a per-project basis. That being said, there are a few accessories he recommends owning to make your life as a filmmaker a little bit easier:

1. - Leatherman Charge Titanium

“Things are always going wrong on set. I use a multi-tool all the time to tighten bolts that are loose or to cut something — the uses are pretty endless, and that’s why I always have one with me.” - RJ

Buy it here for $169.95


02 - Headlamp // Black Diamond Storm 400

“Production often goes late into the night, so headlamps are a must. We don’t want to misplace gear or have to hike back because of something we’ve forgotten. A headlamp is essential and always in my pack.” - RJ

Get one here for $49.95

03 - Headphones // Sony MDR-7506

“Good headphones are crucial, whether it’s monitoring audio onset, making sure we got the audio that we need, or just in the studio editing, I use these Sonys pretty much every day.” - RJ

Buy it here for $99.99


04 - Matte Box // Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom
“A matte box is something that we put in front of the camera and lens. It stops stray light from hitting your lens, which can cause unwanted lens flares and can also create a bit of contrast in your image in certain scenarios. They also make it super easy to slap some ND or diffusion filters in front of the lens itself. In addition, matte boxes are great for adding a bit of weight to your camera. If your camera is too light, your handheld footage might look a little too jittery. I’m pretty much always using one.” - RJ

Get it here for $465

05 - Neutral Density Filter // Tiffen Variable ND Filter

“A variable ND filter allows you to change the amount of light and exposure to exactly what you need. I use this sometimes when I need to go lightweight, but most of the time I am using a fixed density filter in front of my matte box.” - RJ

Buy it here for $129.95 (77mm filter thread)


06 - Pro-Mist Filter // Tiffen Warm Black Pro-Mist ¼
“A pro-mist filter diffuses the highlights of our images and replicates something called hillation in film. Hillation is when our highlights bleed into our shadows; it’s a look I desire and am constantly using. They come in different strengths and diffusion levels.” - RJ

Get one here for $89

07 - Gaffer Tape
“Basically just tape, but doesn’t leave as much residue like other tapes can. Use it to fix something that breaks on set, use it to tape mics, a lot of uses and something that is always useful to have with you.” - RJ

Get a roll here for $18


08 - Atmosphere Aerosol
“This is something I use when indoors to create an atmospheric look. You have to spray quite a bit for the effect to work, but once it settles it can create a really cool look.” - RJ

Buy some here for $11.95


09 - Point and Shoot film camera // Canon AF35L
“Often we’re carrying loads of gear and our minds are solely focused on the film we’re creating. But it’s really important that we remember the process, the people that are there, and the hardships we go through, as well. Having a light point-and-shoot film camera in your bag or pocket is a must for me to document. The images are priceless.” - RJ

Find one used on Ebay for around $90-125

The Cinematic Filmmaking Workshop is available now and has been broken into three parts:

Part I. Fundamentals & Pre Production — available now

Part II. Production — Drops Mid July

Part III. Editing — Drops Early August

If you’re a photographer who has been wanting to take steps towards filmmaking, or a filmmaker who wants to create with more intention, this workshop is for you.

RJ Bruni is a filmmaker, owner of the Inmist studio house, and Wildist’s newest instructor of the Cinematic Filmmaking Workshop. In this workshop, RJ teaches you everything you need to know about pre-pro, production, and post so you can make films that move people. Follow along as he goes step-by-step producing his own short film start to finish, and then create your own. His select clients include Land Rover, Travel Alberta, Canon Canada, Therm-a-Rest, and GMC.

Filmmaking is an industry where you are constantly borrowing and renting equipment. Equipment can be super expensive, and sometimes you’ll only need it for a day or a single shoot. RJ is constantly borrowing cameras, lenses, and stabilizers on a per-project basis. That being said, there are a few accessories he recommends owning to make your life as a filmmaker a little bit easier:

1. - Leatherman Charge Titanium

“Things are always going wrong on set. I use a multi-tool all the time to tighten bolts that are loose or to cut something — the uses are pretty endless, and that’s why I always have one with me.” - RJ

Buy it here for $169.95


02 - Headlamp // Black Diamond Storm 400

“Production often goes late into the night, so headlamps are a must. We don’t want to misplace gear or have to hike back because of something we’ve forgotten. A headlamp is essential and always in my pack.” - RJ

Get one here for $49.95

03 - Headphones // Sony MDR-7506

“Good headphones are crucial, whether it’s monitoring audio onset, making sure we got the audio that we need, or just in the studio editing, I use these Sonys pretty much every day.” - RJ

Buy it here for $99.99


04 - Matte Box // Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom
“A matte box is something that we put in front of the camera and lens. It stops stray light from hitting your lens, which can cause unwanted lens flares and can also create a bit of contrast in your image in certain scenarios. They also make it super easy to slap some ND or diffusion filters in front of the lens itself. In addition, matte boxes are great for adding a bit of weight to your camera. If your camera is too light, your handheld footage might look a little too jittery. I’m pretty much always using one.” - RJ

Get it here for $465

05 - Neutral Density Filter // Tiffen Variable ND Filter

“A variable ND filter allows you to change the amount of light and exposure to exactly what you need. I use this sometimes when I need to go lightweight, but most of the time I am using a fixed density filter in front of my matte box.” - RJ

Buy it here for $129.95 (77mm filter thread)


06 - Pro-Mist Filter // Tiffen Warm Black Pro-Mist ¼
“A pro-mist filter diffuses the highlights of our images and replicates something called hillation in film. Hillation is when our highlights bleed into our shadows; it’s a look I desire and am constantly using. They come in different strengths and diffusion levels.” - RJ

Get one here for $89

07 - Gaffer Tape
“Basically just tape, but doesn’t leave as much residue like other tapes can. Use it to fix something that breaks on set, use it to tape mics, a lot of uses and something that is always useful to have with you.” - RJ

Get a roll here for $18


08 - Atmosphere Aerosol
“This is something I use when indoors to create an atmospheric look. You have to spray quite a bit for the effect to work, but once it settles it can create a really cool look.” - RJ

Buy some here for $11.95


09 - Point and Shoot film camera // Canon AF35L
“Often we’re carrying loads of gear and our minds are solely focused on the film we’re creating. But it’s really important that we remember the process, the people that are there, and the hardships we go through, as well. Having a light point-and-shoot film camera in your bag or pocket is a must for me to document. The images are priceless.” - RJ

Find one used on Ebay for around $90-125

The Cinematic Filmmaking Workshop is available now and has been broken into three parts:

Part I. Fundamentals & Pre Production — available now

Part II. Production — Drops Mid July

Part III. Editing — Drops Early August

If you’re a photographer who has been wanting to take steps towards filmmaking, or a filmmaker who wants to create with more intention, this workshop is for you.

The Cinematic Filmmaking Workshop

Join RJ Bruni for a 3-part workshop intensive designed for you to walk away with your own compelling short film. Learn the essential elements to build your vision – then bring it to life through pre-pro, production, and post.

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