I make short, short films using minimal gear. I rarely plan a shoot, so I carry all gear, all places.
To keep it light I carry:
- tent pole tripod
- Sony Action Cam
- an iPhone 5 with a mini boom mic
- a pocket audio recorder with lavalier mic.
I can’t shoot anything useful in lowlight or far away, but it meets my needs of:
- Minimalist and lightweight: I travel far and often fast, and weight adds up over gains in altitude and time.
- Shortest Process to Publish: I often find myself in perfectionist editing loops, rather than publishing. I produce more when shoot, edit and publish from a single device, usually my iPhone.
- Discover during editing: When I’m not editing on my iPhone, I use Final Cut Pro 10.1 to discover stories, moods and meaning in random video that I shoot. Sometimes these are linear tales I didn’t mean to capture. Sometimes they’re short mood pieces I didn’t know I was feeling. I video to explore and discover.
- Remote Control: I use my iPhone as a remote control for my Sony Action Cam (a better version of a GoPro), which allows me to experiment with recording myself while alone. Most of my shooting happens when I’m exploring solitude or solitarily, and remote control permits a self-reflective exploration of personal depth.
More on why I use video to make meaning soon.