Thursday, November 29, 2012

$1 Budget: Stop, Sleeve Pistol!



More cheap stuff to aid in your filmmaking this week. First up is tablet sleeves found at Dollar Tree that also come in very handy for storing thin objects like gray cards and film slates. Next, I found an inexpensive pistol prop that resembles a Glock and has a fake silencer and blowback action.  It even comes with it's own sound effects!  Finally a door stop which, as many people have told me, does more than just hold doors open.

Getting Perfect Exposure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rig2WNo0ttw

Black Friday at Dollar Tree
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC1sMsJz9T8

Dry Erase Clapper Slate for $8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B0elfWoI6Q

Knoptop's "Cheap Gun with Blowback Action"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK50bKNTDIE

Monday, November 26, 2012

Recap Q&A: What Uses for Your Old Camera?



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How to shoot better events
http://tinyurl.com/bpthqf2

How to pick the best DSLR lens
http://tinyurl.com/dxxvytj

Roger Corman visits Loft Cinema Tucson
http://tinyurl.com/dylcguw

Camera Stabilizer Rig, inspired by the FF
http://tinyurl.com/cg72e55

What you need to build a versatile DIY light kit
http://tinyurl.com/dytxm7l

$277 Fig Rig vs $55 Spider Steady
http://tinyurl.com/cmjn755

Black Friday at Dollar Tree
http://tinyurl.com/cxpa9u7

Wieldy Iron Triangle vs Glidecam HD
http://tinyurl.com/br7tpbf

Polaroid handgrip review
http://tinyurl.com/cw7tng6

Chinese roller bearing slider review
http://tinyurl.com/bra962s

Video lighting with LED puck lights
http://tinyurl.com/crvnaly

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday at Dollar Tree



With all of the craziness that takes place every year the day after Thanksgiving (though some are having sales ON Thanksgiving now), I wondered what the effect would be at the local dollar store.  Would anyone camp out?  Would there be any lines?  What kind of smokin' deals would a store like Dollar Tree offer, if any?  All good questions and I was determined to find some answers.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Recap Q&A: Did You Miss It?



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Creating slow motion on the Sony NEX 5n and Vegas
http://tinyurl.com/c3z3k5g

Oops!  Panasonic GH2 with 14-42mm kit lens - $499
http://tinyurl.com/d87k23o

Free PluralEyes when you buy a Rode mic
http://tinyurl.com/cmuu447

DIY Silver Flyer Steadicam Test Footage
http://tinyurl.com/cqg7862

ePhoto shoulder rig follow focus review
http://tinyurl.com/chhkkf8

DIY monopod dolly adapter
http://tinyurl.com/d4pvm59

Stealth camera bag for $6
http://tinyurl.com/cg2dge4

Creating a beauty light with a book light
http://tinyurl.com/ayzjfgu

2012 black friday camcorder deals
http://tinyurl.com/cs2axqv

How much money can you make from a YouTube video?
http://tinyurl.com/bmultza

DIY shoulder stabilizer rig: tutorial
http://tinyurl.com/cppwdgz

Walmart 7" portable TV/monitor - $39
http://tinyurl.com/cuxmz3p

Video editing, strawberries and chocolate!
http://tinyurl.com/bl847ga

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tip: Stealth Camera Bag for $6


I recently bought a new camera, the Sony NEX 5n, which is a great deal for the money.  I then needed a camera bag to shove my new toy and all of its accessories in, but as usual, did not want to pay full price.  After poking around on the web, I found some very cool alternatives.

Ozark Trail 6 Can Cooler with Hardliner

Protect Traveling Lenses with a Beer Cozy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Miss the Weekly Recap Show? Let Me Know!

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How to light for specific camera blocking
http://tinyurl.com/bhmt9un

Neewer 160 LED video light review
http://tinyurl.com/avkqqxs

Carry Speed CS-PRO Mark II Review
http://tinyurl.com/b3gf37m

Steadicam Smoothee / GoPro Review
http://tinyurl.com/aknb7x6

DIY Silver Flyer Steadicam
http://tinyurl.com/ak4zh35

AiG Waistholder holster for cameras review
http://tinyurl.com/b5ef6us

Interview with Steve Wang, creature designer
http://tinyurl.com/bzuafpw

$1 Budget: USB Socket AC Case!
http://tinyurl.com/at3ss56

Pro follow focus vs. $5 follow focus!
http://tinyurl.com/b3srurf

Yongnuo YN 160 LED light review
http://tinyurl.com/bzh93a9

CarrySpeed CS-Slim review
http://tinyurl.com/bb6esng

Cheap shotgun microphone 320E review
http://tinyurl.com/bho4h5v

Writing, Shooting, Editing, Viewpoint
http://tinyurl.com/anrkxja

Rule of thirds to get better composition
http://tinyurl.com/bckm5gn

Thursday, November 8, 2012

$1 Budget: USB Socket AC Case!



It's another roundup of $1 stuff!  This time we have a cheap USB drive, an AC to USB adapter, an AC to light socket adapter, and another use for a fancy toothpick case.

If you have any ideas for inexpensive filmmaking helps, let me know!  I'll try to send some link love in your direction.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Recap Q&A Still MIA: Weekly Links Below!

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Corridor Digital's Workflow
http://tinyurl.com/a664wlu

Frugal Floater test footage
http://tinyurl.com/arh2f8u

No-budget filmmaking commandment #3
http://tinyurl.com/bcp4w5k

Physics students make zombie movie at CERN
http://tinyurl.com/d2dyqh5

Frugal Floater Steadicam Project
http://tinyurl.com/clplwux

180 degree rule
http://tinyurl.com/cgb5ras

$100 dolly cart
http://tinyurl.com/bak44sx

Five tools less than $30 each
http://tinyurl.com/avoe74j

Different editing techniques
http://tinyurl.com/cp53qt9

LED light product review
http://shar.es/cVcnW

Sony NEX 5n with 18-55mm kit lens - $478
http://tinyurl.com/bq7raee

Clip lamp camera mount
http://tinyurl.com/bsn22xb

Framing basic shot types
http://tinyurl.com/d3klnp4

How to light for specific camera blocking
http://tinyurl.com/bhmt9un

Friday, November 2, 2012

Clip Lamp Camera Mount



When I needed a specialized rig to mount inside of a gazebo to shoot a wedding, I made one.

PARTS LIST
Clip from desk clip lamp: http://tinyurl.com/cegronp
1/4" machine screw or bolt, 2" in length
1/4" washer
1/4" lock washer
3x 1/4" nut
1/4" fender washer, 1 1/4" wide
1/4" rubber fender washer 1 1/4" wide
mini ball head: http://tinyurl.com/dyykuok

TOOLS NEEDED
7/16" wrench
#11 wrench