5 Must-Have Filmmaking Gadgets I Use Everyday

5 Must-Have Filmmaking Gadgets I Use Everyday

Today I wanted to show you 5 filmmaking gadgets I use all the time in my work. More info https://goo.gl/frsjyd

Microsoft Surface Pro 4
B&H https://bhpho.to/2hD8lg3
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yKDK3q
Battery bank for the Surface Pro: http://amzn.to/2zJoMxO
Screen Protector for Surface Pro: http://amzn.to/2yM0TCJ
Bag for Surface Pro: https://bhpho.to/2hEnk9j
Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse: http://amzn.to/2yKDcdR

3 Port Portable USB 3.0 Hub & card reader: http://amzn.to/2zJHx4b

Light Meters:
Sekonic Studio Deluxe
B&H https://bhpho.to/2hCeqJH
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yKg66V

Sekonic Speedmaster L-858D-U Light Meter
B&H https://bhpho.to/2AJg1Bg
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yKIjL2

Lumu Power Color & Light Meter Attachment for iOS Devices
B&H https://bhpho.to/2AKiThc
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yL2Lvq

Cell Phones:
Samsung Galaxy S8
B&H https://bhpho.to/2ALB4D4
Amazon http://amzn.to/2jvcgfo

Apple iPhone 6

Battery for cell phones:
Power Bank 5000mAh with built-in USB-C Cable

Power Bank with Built-in Lighting and Micro USB Cables

Leatherman Multitools:
Cheaper version: http://amzn.to/2hE3c7z
Better version: http://amzn.to/2yMrZJP

Lens Pen Cleaning Tool:
B&H https://bhpho.to/2AKh3Nf
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yKJV7y

My camera kit on https://kit.com/TomAntos
In-depth info on the gear I recommend: https://goo.gl/ZrPxTM
My camera gear picks on B&H: https://goo.gl/fSWk1X
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First is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The version I bought is around $1300 and it’s the 256GB SSD, 8GB Ram, with Intel Core i7e processor.

2nd item I always use is a light meter. There’s different light meters.

Number 3 must have gadget is a smart phone. My phones are nothing special but having both iOS and Android allows me to get all the apps that us filmmakers use. The most common apps I use are the Cadrage Director’s Viewfinder which allows me to quickly setup my shots, camera angles and figure out what lens to use before I ever break out my big and heavy camera rig. Also I often use the Sun Seeker app to see what the lighting situation is going to be like at any location. Where the sun is going to peek through a particular window, when it will set and all that stuff.

Gadget number 4 is a multi tool. I love using the ones from leather-man. They’re great to help you tighten up loose parts on your camera rig. To help adjust things, remove filters, and just in general to help get stuff done when working with camera gear. A must have!

Last but not least gadget number 5 is a simple lens pan cleaning tool. It’s only $8 but you’d be surprised how often a production stops when there is a bit of dirt stuck on the lens. It’s why I always carry a lens pen in my pocket. You can dust anything off. Also if you blow some air on the lens and then clean it with the reverse side it will remove all the smudges and fingerprints.

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Remember, in filmmaking there’s no problems, just a lack of solutions!

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My name is Tom Antos. I am a film director and cinematographer with over 20 years experience in VFX & animation.
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  1. c0pyimitati0n on December 28, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Is it really that much to use a light meter rather than the built in meter/scopes?

  2. Eneso Group on December 28, 2018 at 2:04 am

    Is there any other Light Meter that measure exposure and colour? I dont use Apple phones

  3. Tata Kays on December 28, 2018 at 2:09 am

    hie mr Antos its been long watching your channel and it impress me to start doing videos at my own, now i need your teaching showing how to use reflector i bought my self a new 5in1 110cm reflector

  4. Gus Diaz on December 28, 2018 at 2:19 am

    hey Tom, I saw you on Frugal Filmmaker on Facebook yesterday comment on that person that wanted everything for nothing, lol. Keep up the great work!

  5. kkbronson on December 28, 2018 at 2:21 am

    All great recommendations. For those who cringed when they saw you drawing, I would also recommend learning (at least the basics) how to draw. No one is going to know what is inside your head and without a storyboard, I even get lost! Thanks, Tom. Always valuable advice!

  6. Mike van Mierlo on December 28, 2018 at 2:29 am

    kinda sold me on the surface pro.. nice!

  7. B Adventures Travel Vlogs on December 28, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Great tips =)

  8. Philippe Schultz on December 28, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Thanks Tom !

  9. Victoria Films on December 28, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Ok you re really talking gadgets. Now tell us the real stuff.

  10. Robby Nowell on December 28, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Giotto "rocket" blowers are also nice to have. That way you don’t have to worry about accidentally spitting on your lens. They also work great on sensors. I have never had luck with lens pens on my astrophotography sensors. They leave more dust than they remove. However, for stubborn dust, you can use a lens pen followed by the blower.

  11. Smart Halayla on December 28, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Hi Tom,
    I thought to get the new Olympus 10 mark 3 for filming, but it have a strange file format, no mic jack and no flip out screen. There is no decent video review about its video capabilities. Do you have any experience with?

  12. Scott Slotterbeck on December 28, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Yes, video on phone apps!!!!

  13. EDITZ.4U on December 28, 2018 at 2:55 am

    You are absolutely right!

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