Production Tools

What equipment do I use to make this thing?

Software

I use the following tools and services in the film’s preproduction and production:

Screenwriting: I mainly use Final Draft and Celtx. Occasionaly I share some work with another writer or reader over Adove Story or even Google Docs.

Storyboarding: I’ve tried creating characters with Xtranormal to experiment with story ideas. But drawing by hand (even if done on an iPad) is still the best method.

Teamwork: I make extensive used of Skype, Google Docs & Gmail.

Editing: I started editing on Adobe Premiere & After Effects, with image work done in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. However, as there are few people on Premiere, I eventually have to switch to Final Cut Pro.

Sound Design: I don’t do sound design myself, but the tools used in the process include a combination of Avid Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, the Ableton Suite, Cakewalk Sonar, and perhaps FL Studio and Native Instruments Traktor.

Hardware

I use the following equipment in production and postproduction:

Video: The Canon EOS 60D + BG-E9 Grip + 17-40mm F4.0 is the main camera. The Canon HF100 + WD-H37C Wide Angle lens is always with me day and night for those unexpected opportunities. The Nikon D90 + Sigma 50mm F1.4 is used for still shots.

Sound: I started recording preproduction material with an Edirol R-09HR, however that broke due to heavy usage. When more funds became available, I switched to a Zoom H4n.

The microphone used include the Rode SVM attached to the camera, the Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Wireless Lav, and the Sennheiser ME66/K6 + directional microphone with a Rycote Grip & Softie windmuff. I use the AKG K518LE headphones that cancel noise, or sometimes normal mini headphones that come with the iPhone.

Grip: I used the Manfrotto 190XPROB  tripod witha 701HDV Video Head. When using the HF100, I occasionally attach it to the Steadicam Merlin for moving shots. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to stabilize the Canon 60D on the steadicam yet.

Storage: I use 5 Western Digital External HDDs, that in combination give me 12.5 Terabytes of  storage space (4x3TB + 1x500GB). I have 4 SD cards, that combine to 60 Gigabytes of portable storage (EMTEC 32GB + 16GB + 8GB + 4GB).

Transport: the reddot award-winning Kata Bumblebee-222 UL fits all my gear (apart from grip) and still works as a carry-on for air travel. I need a new backpack. Who wants to help out?

Computers: use a Macbook Air.

Power: 2 sets of each: batteries, chargers, cables, etc. Batteries are charged with the Technoline BC700 intelligent charger.

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– Kris Haamer

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