Film Gear

THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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[WATCH] All of Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film School

Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film Schools – ALL OF THEM I’ve been a huge fan of the way writer/director Robert Rodriguez makes his films. The almost total creative control within the studio system is remarkable. Before Youtube film schools there was the 10-minute film schools on every DVD release of any Robert Rodriguez film. These 10 minute film…

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Film Gear Review: Game Changing Maxoak V-Mount Battery

Film Gear Review: Game Changing Maxoak V-Mount Battery If you use V-mount batteries in the field for your cameras, LED lights or want a battery that acts as a power cell to charge your phone or laptop via USB connection, look no further than the Maxoak V-mount battery. We used them on “This is Meg”…

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NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line

NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line I just directed This is Meg star’s Jill-Michele Meleán new Comedy Stand-Up Special and we shot it using SIGMA’s new Cine Lenses 18-35mm and 50-100mm on the Blackmagic Ursa 4.6k. My cinematographer Austin Nordell just can’t stop raving about them and I can’t tell you how…

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Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear

Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear You may be wondering why this article is called Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear and the reason behind it is that I feel today’s filmmakers rely more on technology than the technique of filmmaking itself. I recently wrote an article on why shot composition…

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Shutter Speed, Aperture (F Stop) & ISO Explained!

Aperture (F Stop), Shutter Speed & ISO Explained! For beginning filmmakers and camera peeps there’s a bunch of confusion about three areas of the camera: Shutter Speed Aperture (F Stop) ISO What is Shutter Speed? Shutter Speed is one of the three pillars of cinematography, the other two being ISO and Aperture (F Stop). Shutter speed can…

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Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price?

Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price? I wanted to start breaking down some of the tools of the filmmaking trade. The more information you have on your “paint brushes” the more beautiful the artwork you can paint. Moving forward Indie Film Hustle will be doing reviews on all sorts of…

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Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K – The Great Filmmaking Equalizer

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K – The Great Equalizer Ok so if you follow Indie Film Hustle at all you know that I love Blackmagic products. I shot my first feature (This is Meg) on the BMCC 2.5K (see the complete breakdown of my crazy camera rig here) and edited/color graded on Davinci Resolve. Blackmagic is really…

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Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford

Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford If you’re an indie filmmaker and shoot your own stuff, the price of really good glass is generally too damn expensive and cinema-style primes lenses are totally out of reach…until now. Until recently, the most cost effective cinema-style primes lenses have been pre-existing stills lenses, which can create…

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