KWIPPED recently asked Marc Levy of Indigenous Films –a KWIPPED supplier—what tools they love for filmmaking. Levy’s list is quite impressive. Each piece of equipment Indigenous Films chooses is unique and expands the imagination of filmmaking.
Indigenous Films is a duo (Levy is joined by Marc Salomon) that specializes in documentaries, features, and commercials. Indigenous touts many awards including being an Emmy Nominee for a series created for the NFL Network. To see Indigenous’ work visit their website.
Indigenous Films’ Filmmaking Toolbox
We [Indigenous Films] love it because it’s the perfect camera for so much of what we do—documentary content shot in a cinematic style. This camera shoots up to 180 frames per second internally, has a ton of latitude (which means it produces a film-like image) and unlike many cameras that have similar capabilities, it is built for rugged run n’ gun shooting, with XLR inputs, TC in and out, and every other broadcast input/output capability a doc shooter would need. Our F5 has been all over the world, from Los Angeles to Tahiti to Japan.
As directors who feel that the visual story is integral to a well-told story, it is imperative that we see what we’re shooting at all times, whether or not we’re the ones behind the camera. The Teradek Bolt Pro enables us to do just that, without being tethered by cables. Whether we’re shooting an NFL game, a big-wave surf session, or an emotional personal moment, we get to experience all of it first-hand (even if we’re not in the same room as the cameraman), which means we get to make sure we’re keeping a pulse on the story.
Canon EF Lenses:
Shooting projects around the world, our main focus is to capture the story as intimately and personally as possible. With this in mind, we travel light, and we shoot light. Much of the time, we’re single camera/single operator, with everything we need fitting into one backpack. The two lenses that we use more than any other are the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II IS. These lenses are crisp, bold, elegant, and easy to operate. We pull our focus by hand, without the need for bulky follow focus kits getting in the way, and they yield imagery that, in many ways, is superior to images produced on lenses that cost 8 times as much.