Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: $10 Mic Shockmount

I can tell I've been around for awhile when I start updating my original videos.  Last week I updated my two-handed camera stabilizer and this week I revisit the shotgun mic shockmount. When I created a DIY version, it was due to no retail version being cheap enough. Well, I found a cheap version, bought it, and compare it to my DIY creation.

$10 Microphone Shockmount on eBay

5/8" to 3/8" screw adapter on eBay

3/8" to 1/4" screw adapter on eBay

Cold foot to 1/4" screw adapter on eBay

Watch "Painter's Pole Mic Adapter"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Frugal Stabilizer II

After long last, I am finally updating the very popular PVC Stabilizer Rig. This two-handed camera stabilizer (think FigRig) has satisfied a lot of people, but did have a few shortcomings.  In this episode I create a sequel to the Frugal Stabilizer, address those issues and only spend a few bucks more than the original.

Watch the original "Camera Stabilizer Rig for Under $5"

2x Dual-L flash brackets - $8.07 each

Hot shoe mount adapter - $2.13 each

Rubber fender washers with 1/4" hole
Hardware store - $.50 each

Metal quick release system - $10

Padded weightlifting gloves - $8

Monday, January 21, 2013

Recap Q&A: How about a Frugal Showcase?

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Gels, an introduction

Color correction gel pack - $20

Large CTB gel (half) - $15

Large CTO gel $15

DSLR shoulder rig review

How to set marks for your actors

10 things DPs do that annoy the rest of the crew

Editing a bar scene for film

How to build a DIY green screen

Lighting Techniques 2 - Eve Hazelton

Canon A120 + CHDK

Difference between video camera and DSLR?

Litepanels and the LED video light battle

Review of the LED film light from eBay

Lensstraps review - $11 follow focus

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Help Us Win YouTube's "On the Rise"!

Thanks to the faithful in The Frugal Filmmaker Facebook group, our channel was successfully nominated for YouTube's "On the Rise" competition.  We are now one of four nominees and we need votes to get featured on the YouTube home page.  Click here to go right to the voting page and mark the checkbox next to "thefrugalfilmmaker". 

Help us expand our audience and well will keep bringing you DIY builds, tips, techniques and short films.  We can't do it without you!  Thanks!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Recap Q&A: Simple or Complex Builds?

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Vote to help The Frugal Filmmaker win YouTube's "On the Rise"!

YouTube's "On the Rise" nominees

Tascam DR-40 XLR digital audio recorder - $135

The rolling shutter effect explained

100 resources (even more) for filmmakers

$1 Budget: AA USB Case Roller Bag!

Pull perfect focus without a follow focus

7 major mistakes inexperienced ADs make

Tascam DR-05 (non-XLR) digital audio recorder - $74

Thursday, January 10, 2013

$1 Budget: AA USB Case Roller Bag!

This month I grab a bunch more goodies from Dollar Tree and eBay.  It seems I've been on a "cheap storage container" binge lately, but there are some other useful items in this episode.  If you need a way to use your cheap SD monitor with your fancy new camera that only offers HDMI out, this episode is for you.

Mini HDMI to RCA composite video converter

Emergency USB Battery Charger, white (Ack! the price went up $3.08!)

Emergency USB Battery Charger, black (almost $4, but ships from U.S.)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Recap Q&A: What Do You Want to See Here?

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Clip Lamp Camera Mount

Camera Clip Holder Mount - $7.69

Knoptop's Clampy Clamps

Nasty Clamps

Canon VIXIA HF R200 (Refurbished) - $229

24 things in an Indie Director's survival kit

Have digital cameras made light meters pointless?

31 interviews with most notable cinematic voices of 2012

Top five camera hacks of 2012

Canon SCA60 video camera bag review

Try editing on this monstrosity of analog film

How much slower is 60p over 50p played at 24p?

The making of "Meredith"

Film and TV tax incentives renewed

Wii steering wheel camera stabilizer

Matching sunny and cloudy shots

DIY monopod dolly

Devils Rig

How I would film it - dialogue scene by waterfall

The art of sound effects

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Making of "Meredith"

"Meredith" was a short created recently for a Writing and Directing the Short Film Class.  The only requirements were a five minute length, two characters, and a script written by someone else.  As always, you learn a few things on each project, so today I share with you what I learned this time out.

Original script, "Reaction" by Chris Henderson
Rewritten script, "Meredith" by Chris Henderson and Scott Eggleston
24" China Ball Paper Lantern on Amazon
How to make a PVC light stand to hang your China Ball


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