Whether you’re a Youtube sensation, a small videography company or even a giant producer, finding the right tools for every type of production, big or small, can be a struggle. Everyone wants the latest and greatest technology to make the absolute highest quality of films and productions possible, but those technology tools tend to come at a hefty price tag.
The average cost of producing a short film is anywhere from $500-$1,000 PER MINUTE, and that’s not even including the most high-tech equipment.
Here, we’ve compiled some of the latest filmmaking tools to help you turn your story board into a feature film!
LUUP is a free filmmaking app for iPhone. If you’re new to filmmaking, LUUP is a great way to dig in and start producing short films almost immediately. Most of us are familiar with great photography apps such as Instagram, VSCO, Canva and more, but apps for filming high-quality, storyboarded videos are hard to come by—until now.
In the past, LUUP has strategically partnered with the Espoo Ciné International Film Festival in Finland. They even offered free tickets to participants who shoot “luups” using the festivals’ themes and the Espoo Ciné soundtrack, and then share them on social networks.
– Shoot and share HD video footage
– Add soundtracks
– Shoot up to four scenes
– Access free and paid music for your movies
– Add filters to your shots
– Create beautiful loops – including GIFs!
DJI Phantom 4 – Standard
Phantom 4 Standard Drone was recently released at the beginning of this month. DJI is no stranger to the drone market-SIX of their drones made the top ten list of drones for 2018. The difference between the previous drones and the standard is automation. If you’re a new filmmaker worried about crashing your drone or having to spend hours learning how to fly, the Phantom 4 Standard is a good choice due to it’s auto-pilot features!
The new design is geared towards “drone-beginners.” It includes a variety of flight functions that make cinematic shots much easier to capture. DJI has placed much attention on stability, flight, and imaging. The retail price, $799, is reasonable for those curious in trying out aerial imaging. If you’d like to rent a drone to see if it’s right for you or your project, check out drones on KWIPPED!
– GPS-based stabilization
– Flight times up to 25 minutes
– Integrated WiFi range extender
– “Follow me” –the controller can seamlessly have the drone follow them based on orientation
– Point of interest: Lets users define an object for the drone to fly around
– Waypoint navigation – allows users to set multiple points along a route for automatic flying
– Record up to 2.7k HD video at 30fps using a 94 degree distortion-free lens
– Still captured at 12MP in DNG raw and jpg formats
Up-and-Coming: Sphericam 2
Interested in virtual reality for filmmaking? This tiny virtual reality camera is quite amazing. It features 360-degree filming, integrated lens, and powerful streaming capabilities. The good news is that the Sphericam team recently met their Kickstarter goal to develop this amazing camera.Those who backed the camera early on (based on the tier of money they gave), will receive the camera. By the year‘s end you can expect this camera to be on market for around $1,300 US dollars.
If you’re interested in trying out this camera, keep checking on their website for updates. The founder of Sphericam, Jeffrey Martin, is a VR camera veteran, having been active in 360VR technology development since 2004. Though VR cameras have been on the market the few past years, the new Sphericam 2 makes a prosumer-friendly 360-degree capture device that “anyone can operate with options for high-level production and streaming.”
– Spherical resolution: 4096 X 2048
– Frames per sec options: 30/60
– Live streaming at 30fps
– Internal GPS sensor
– Motion and Orientation Sensor
– Micro SD Chip slots
– Operation Controls through a connected applications
– Mounting – 8 mounting holes
Of course, KWIPPED is also a great free resource for filmmaking! You can browse the different makes and models of equipment you need for your filming project, submit a request for quote for the equipment you need, and within 24 hours, our network of suppliers with film and AV equipment will send you custom quotes for all of your rental needs! You only pay if you accept a quote and schedule your rental. It’s great for trying out newer models of equipment, comparing the price of renting versus purchasing, and experimenting with different filming methods and tools!
Ultimately, technology is constantly changing, and it’s hard to keep up. But if you use one of these tools, you’ll be well on your way to achieving tech-savvy status.
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