Keeping Equipment Safe: Movie Industry

Keeping Equipment Safe: Movie Industry

The film industry is a very exciting place to be. Whether you are working as part of a large film production crew or you have your own independent venture in production (as either an amateur or professional), there is plenty of expensive and delicate equipment to look after. Putting together a package of equipment for film production could involve any number of items, depending on the type of film that is being made, the budget in place, the location and the amount of transit that will be undertaken to achieve it. With that in mind it is always important to have strong, flexible, easy-to-carry storage boxes for film equipment.

During transit between sets and to on-site location, as well as for overnight safety and security, it really benefits a movie production to have access to aluminium storage boxes that can be used to store equipment securely, but that also provide that robustness to ward off potential damage from bumps and accidents whilst in transit. Customised insert foams can also be implemented within these cases to ensure that no matter the size or scope of the film equipment you need to store, there is that extra layer of protection and security to prevent it from becoming damaged in transit.

What can you expect to need as part of a movie production?

A Video Camera  – The vital piece of equipment for any movie production, your camera choice will depend on various factors, including the type of shooting you will be doing, where you want it to be screened and the budget you have available to you.

Tripod – Necessary to help create that steady and smooth feel to a film, it allows the director to create fluid pans and movement without worrying about compromising the integrity of the shot.

Lighting – There are various lighting options to you, from the camera light that provides the chance to fill in some dark shadows immediately, to the three-point lighting kit that allows you to create a stunning scene indoors. A light reflector is a must have on any shoot.

Camera Lenses – There are countless options for lenses, each one suited to specific approaches in filming. Be prepared for all that you want to accomplish, but be wary of the cost of replacement should you need to change tactic or suffer damage to lenses.

Microphones – A shotgun microphone prepares a filmmaker for every eventuality and can be set on top of the camera or the boom pole (which itself is great for capturing audio from crowd scenes and group dialogue. A wireless microphone offers flexibility of use.

Headphones – A good quality set of headphones will help you listen in to audio as you are shooting, preventing you from leaving in sounds that you weren’t expecting or that bleed into the scene accidentally.

Assorted Cables – For all equipment there will be a range of cables that are required to hook up various items. Be sure to have all assorted cables clearly labelled and safe from damage.

Storage and Power – You don’t want to miss a thing, so always ensure that you have plenty of batteries to prevent downtime, as well as memory cards, flash drives or external hard-drives to make sure you are securely storing everything that is being shot.

All of the equipment listed above costs money, is delicate and needs to be treated with care during a shoot and during transit between sets and location. Having a robust aluminium storage case is the best way to ensure the integrity of all equipment, saving you time and money during the process of a film shoot.