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2 Dream Gear Loadouts for Documentary Filmmaking

first_imgYou’re a documentary filmmaker and you’ve just been handed a blank check. What kind of gear loadout should you put together? Here are a couple of options.Top image via Shoot on DragonBecause of the rise of digital technology, documentary filmmakers have access to higher-end equipment like never before. We’ve already covered one-man-band documentary loadouts — but what about dream gear loadouts for hybrid and traditional documentaries? Let’s take a look at two options.Dream Gear Loadout: Hybrid DocumentariesImage via REDUserThis loadout is geared toward hybrid documentary productions like America: The Story of Us, Making a Murder, The Visit: An Alien Encounter, and The Imposter. We’ll start with the base camera and add accessories from there. Remember: We’re throwing budgetary concerns to the wind and looking for the best available options.EPIC-M DRAGON MONOCHROME CANON PACKAGE: $35,950EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO START FILMING:REDMAG 1.8″ SSD (x4): $495 ea.RED Station REDMAG: $2507” RED Touch LCD: $2,950DSMC2 RED EVF w/ Mount: $4,150VF Cables (x2): $220 ea.RED Quick Release Platform: $600 RED V-Lock Module: $595IDX Endura Elite: $572IDX VL-2Plus Charger: $299Miller Compass 12 Solo Tripod: $2,332Zacuto Cine EVF Recoil: $1,200ARRI Matte Box: $2700Zeiss CP.2 Prime Lens Kit: $10,775Zeiss CZ.2 28-80 Zoom Lens: $19,900Zeiss CZ.2 70-200 Zoom Lens: $19,900TOTAL COST: $100,000+Video via Lars Brask FrederiksenDream Gear Loadout: Traditional DocumentariesImage via B&HThis traditional documentary dream gear loadout is going to be considerably less expensive than the hybrid version. We’re loosely basing this loadout on the gear used by cinematographer Nick Higgins to film the documentary mini-series, O.J.: Made in America. You can read more about the production in this interview with HD Video Pro.Canon C300 Mark II (Body): $15,999 EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO START FILMING:SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Memory Card (x2): $369 ea.SanDisk CFast Extreme Pro: $50Zacuto Gratical Eye: $1950SmallHD LED Kit: $1399Redrock Micro Rig: $550ARRI Matte Box: $2700Miller Compass 12 Solo Tripod: $2,332IDX Endura Elite: $572 ea.IDX VL-2Plus Charger: $299Canon CN-E 50mm T1.3: $4,650Zeiss 35mm CP.2 Prime: $3,990Zeiss 85mm CP.2 Prime: $3,990Canon 28-300 F2.8: $2,450TOTAL COST: $41,000Video via John MarcusYou’ve read our suggestions. What kind of dream gear loadout would YOU put together? Let us know in the comments below.last_img

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