12 Stocking Fillers for Filmmakers

 

Looking for a festive treat or the perfect gift for your filmmaker friends? Our stocking fillers gift guide has you covered

 

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport 

Achieve consistent and accurate colour across different shooting situations and when using different cameras, with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. Purchase this tried-and-tested tool once, and you’re potentially set for life — just don’t lose it…

 

Free Affinity Software

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

£79

 

Visible Dust EZ Cleaning Kit Plus

Let’s face it, you’re probably not cleaning your sensor often enough. Luckily, this comprehensive cleaning kit has you covered. Visible Dust’s EZ Cleaning Kit Plus includes 1.15ml of Smear Away fluid, a sensor cleaning brush and five MXD-100 Vswabs.

 

Visible Dust EZ Cleaning Kit Plus - 1.15ml Sensor Clean Sensor Brush and 5 Green Swabs (1.6x)

£32.99

 

Visible Dust Hurricane Blower

Attempting to remove dust by blowing on your sensor or lens isn’t recommended. Fortunately, the modest Hurricane Blower from Visible Dust is. This inexpensive item should be a permanent fixture in every filmmaker’s kitbag.

 

Visible Dust Hurricane Blower

 

Rode VideoMic Go

The Rode VideoMic Go is rather small. In fact, if you’re shooting on a DSLR or CSC, it could practically live on your camera! And, should you require better reference audio and are using a larger camera rig, this little microphone won’t take up much space.

 

Rode VideoMic Go

£55

 

Tenba Tools Cable Duo 8 - Cable Pouch

Every filmmaker owns a tangled mess of cables, chargers and other small accessories. Fortunately, Tenba’s Tools Cable Duo 8 offers a tidy and portable solution. This two-sided pouch features elastic loops to keep cables neatly stowed, is made from water-repellent material and is a compact 8.5in in length.

 

Tenba Tools Cable Duo 8 - Cable Pouch

£18.99

 

LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive – 1TB

LaCie’s Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive is the ideal companion when out in the field. Not only can this USB 3.0 device hold a respectable 1TB of data, it’s also shock-, rain- and pressure-resistant.

 

LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive - 1TB

£79

 

Acrylic Clapperboard

Action! You can sync your off-camera audio by clapping your hands, but it doesn’t scream professional. A clapperboard might not seem like a priority investment, but when you’re filming multiple takes on multiple locations, it can really streamline the logging process.

 

Acrylic Clapperboard with Black and White Sticks

£42

 

Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The Super Clamp hasn’t changed much over the years and it hasn’t needed to. The mighty clamp boasts a load capacity of up to 15kg and can be used to support lighting equipment, car rigs and more.

 

Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp

£23.95

 

Rosco GaffTac

Tape… For Christmas? Any discerning filmmaker should be delighted to find a roll of gaffer tape in their stocking (the quick fix solution to so many problems), and it doesn’t get much better than Rosco GaffTac. Not only does it provide excellent adhesion, but it won’t leave behind a sticky residue when removed.

 

Rosco GaffTac 48mmx50m Gaffer Tape Grey

£15.90

 

Lume Cube (Single)

Few LED lights are as durable and compact as the Lume Cube. This powerful 1500 lumen light is small enough to find a permanent home in your kitbag, and can provide both continuous and strobe lighting. It can even be controlled wirelessly via a smartphone!

 

Lume Cube Single - Gun Metal

 

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones

A good pair of headphones is vital when creating quality audio. The closed circumaural design of Sennheiser’s HD380 PRO provides effective passive attenuation of ambient noise (up to 32dB), allowing you to isolate the audio you’re recording, without introducing active noise cancellation. They come with a carrying case too!

 

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones

£129

 

Sachtler Bags Camporter – Medium

Now this is a proper filmmaker’s bag. The Sachtler Bags Camporter features a large top flap for easy access to your equipment and a fully-padded interior for protection. It’s designed, primarily, for fixed lens cameras, but with customisable dividers, you can adapt it to house CSCs and DSLRs or even larger cameras such as the Sony FS5 and Canon C200.

 

Sachtler Bags Camporter - Medium

£130

 

About the Author

Kristian Hampton is Wex Photographic’s Technical Editor for Pro Video. A video specialist who has worked in corporate studios for companies such as Vodafone Group and PwC, as well as working as a freelance grip on various TV productions and features. He also runs Krade Media, providing enterprises with production services. Follow Kristian on twitter @KrissHampton 

 

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