Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shot List: The Kitchen

Here's a lighting exercise for everyone. How do you make a basic kitchen look more interesting? What if you only had some cheap lights to make it look better? The above video is my answer to these pressing questions. This is just an experiment, as I'm no expert gaffer, but some interesting results can be had with simple light placement.

So, point your camera at your kitchen, jazz it up with some lights and attach your video to mine via YouTube. I'd love to see what everyone comes up with.

"Starburst Dreams" courtesy
 Budget Light Kit
 $1 Budget: Dollar Tree Lights!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Recap Q&A: Best Glass for under $50?

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"The Web Has No Standards"

DIY shockmount for your boom pole

How to make a chill box for controlling smoke

Adding a flange to PVC pipe

Magic Lantern finally cracks the Canon 7D

Chris Bleasdale's Frugal Crane

Aputure V-Remote to start/stop video

Better manual focus Tenpa 1.36x magnifier

Frugal Feeding (Craft Service)

Canon kit lens EF-S 18-55mm review

Introducing Vimeo tip jar

Glidecam: how to be awesome

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Frugal Feeding (Craft Service)

Everyone has to eat, so even if you have no budget, don't skimp on feeding your cast and crew. Nothing will torpedo your reputation faster than a shoot with no food. While this is very important, it doesn't have to be very expensive. Today I team up with Hilah from Hilah Cooking as she shares some great tips on how to give everyone nourishment without busting your budget.

Hilah's hummus recipe

Coleman 5 gallon beverage cooler

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chris Bleasdale's Frugal Crane

I can' t remember how I found your YouTube channel but I wished I had found it sooner, I would have saved myself a bundle of cash!

Initially I started to collect the parts for the first version of the Frugal Crane and while searching I was not really satisfied with the selection of wheels or fishing line that I looked at. Luckily for me, I found your updated version 2.0. I had just updated my garage door and had the parts sitting in the garage.

As for additional parts, the only changes from your initial parts list was the use of a bracket that held the garage door rail to the wall of the garage, 3/8" nylon lock nut for use on the top pulley, 1/2" end caps instead of plugs, a rubber 1/2" washer for a garden hose, used between the top pulley, and a flat washer which when tightened creates enough tension to alleviate the touchiness.

The construction doesn't differ much with the exceptions of using 1" PVC spacers between the boom pole and pulleys (slightly flattening the top of the pole), exchanging the plugs for end caps (not available in store when I bought the rest of the piping products ) and lengthening the PVC lever allowing for smoother tilts. 

Having a HD 7" field monitor I have the ability to use an HDMI cable ($14) and an HDMI to mini plug ($5). The cable was then permanently taped onto the top section of pipe to stop it from rolling and then tie strapped on the bottom section allowing for movement for folding of boom pipe upon takedown.

The dumbell handle I bought at the Canadian Walmart was chromed, so instead of cutting it, I ground down the stop collar on one side just enough to get it to be banged into the end of the pipe. I then used a hammer and large flat screwdriver to crimp the end of the pipe to stop it from backing out.

The camera is mounted to the plate with a bracket that came with a spring loaded shoulder stabilizer I purchased, unfortunately I paid too much again. Fortunately, it was the wrong bracket that they shipped so when the proper one came with a quick release this one was obsolete, until now!

Although the final product cost around $70 Canadian, it nowhere near compares to the price of the Cobra Crane I was salivating over.

Scott sez: Nice job, Christopher! This is exactly what The Frugal Filmmaker is all about. Taking an idea, tweaking it, and sharing the results. The Frugal Crane is probably the toughest of all my builds, but I'm glad Chris was able to make it work. Now let's see some footage!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Recap Q&A: What Lens Would You Recommend?

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Sony NEX-5n (body only) - $400

aPad, attenuation pad for Rode Videomic

DIY Zoom/Telephoto lens

How to light your video on a budget

$1 Budget: Clip Lamp, Jumbo Clips, Wall Adapter!

How to fill an audio channel in Premiere Pro CS6

Cheap aluminum camera case

Magic Lantern 2.3 for T2i walkthrough (part 2)

Protect travelling lenses with a beer cozy

Camera bag insert made from camera box

$1 camera mount for head rest

Thursday, September 13, 2012

$1 Budget: Clip Lamp, Jumbo Clips, Wall Adapter!

I've got some more goodies to share and none of them cost very much.  This time out I look at a little AC adapter made to connect to an iPod USB cube (but also does other things), some very large clothespins (thanks TurtleDudeProd!), and a "clip lamp". The last one is the best news (thank you Athena!) and could be a replacement for the hardware store clamp light.

The clip lamp is cheaper, easier to position, and comes with built in diffusion. The clamp light breaks down into a smaller package and is easier to store. Both should use spring clamps to reinforce the clip/clamp that attaches to your light stand. Just to be safe.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Recap Q&A: What Promotion Tactics?

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6.5' Tripod Speaker Stand

Awesome multi-tool for filmmakers and photographers

How to get noise free DSLR footage

Kubrick: one point perspective

Sima Quickonnect for $6.04

Tip: External SD monitor battery

lens pen mini-review

Cheap DSLR prime lens shootout

Bubble level

DIY slider

Building a shoulderpad for 15mm rods on the cheap

Glide steady stabilizer shoulder monopod

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tip: External SD Monitor Battery

After getting a cheap 7" SD monitor to use as an external screen for my camcorder, I had a problem. The internal battery died quickly (is that why it was on clearance?) and I could only power the thing when I was near a wall outlet. As I mostly use this with The Frugal Crane, I needed a way to use the monitor even when wall power was unavailable. I remember Deejay over at DSLR Film Noob using these 10-12v eBay rechargeable batteries and a power cord adapter that was a perfect fit.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Recap Q&A: What Camera on a $1000 Budget?

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Frugal Filmmaker T-shirts!

Midnyte (the web series)

Sony NEX 5n camera (body only)

canon Rebel EOS T3i camera (body only)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 camera (body only)

Canon EOS 60d camera (body only)

Booking mug booth is a good headshot studio

Zalman ZM-MIC1 as a lav mic

Easiest DIY slider I've ever seen

$1 Cell phone camera macro lens

Vimeo adds custom thumbnails and Dropbox integration

The Frugal Filmmaker FAQ

DIY A/B hard stops for follow focus

Cheap neoprene camera cases

New Sony Action Cam with HD and Wi-Fi


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