11. Bonus: 3-Axis Gimbal Giveaway
You probably already know this, but if you want a shot at something that normally costs over $1,000 but have zero budget for it, I’m giving away the CAME-TV 7800 3-axis gimbal we tested back in January. If you've only subscribed to the blog, you can increase your chance of winning by subscribing to my YouTube channel as well. Good luck!
10. Apple’s iPhone: The Next Video Revolution – an eBook
I wrote this book as a result of writing hundreds of blog posts on the industry during the prior 12 months. You'll be shocked -- or have your suspicions confirmed -- when you read the details of how the iPhone has become a legitimate filmmaking tool.
This is my go-to notebook for client meetings. Cheap, nice writing surface – all the goodness of a Moleskin writing experience at a fraction of the price.
8. Casablanca ($4)
For ultimate inspiration, re-watch your favorite films — or watch a new one. I think CASABLANCA is the greatest movie ever made. I watch it at least once a year and learn something new each time. You may prefer something else, so check out your favorite movie on your favorite streaming device.
Put up posters of favorite movies as reminders of why we do what we do: make films. I’ve got Zoolander, The Philadelphia Story, Pi, Back to the Future, and True Lies on my walls. Of course, you may have a different idea of what constitutes great, so see if your favorite is available.
If you haven’t seen a virtual reality video on YouTube 360 or somewhere else, buy this headset literally made out of cardboard per Google spec, and find out for yourself. Or, you can always go over to BestBuy and try on a Samsung Gear VR headset for free. This is not your father’s VR.
You can never have enough AA batteries, but at least these are rechargeable – do the environment a favor and stop using disposables.
2. Aputure A-Lav ($32)
Aputure has delivered the most thoughtfully designed wired lavalier mic on the market at the price – and it sounds pretty good, too.
Apple’s not the only company with beautifully designed products. The PIXI Mini is perfect for landscapes and cityscapes when slow shutter speeds are required – or selfies and group shots when you want to be more than arm’s length away from the camera.
You can read the this post on planet5D, where it was originally published.