Everything you need to self shoot

We're asked a lot about what equipment is needed for self shooting and  although we would have to recommend thorough research for what your particular needs are we can tell you what equipment we use to produces great results.

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If you're new to self shooting/filming and you want to avoid some of the common mistakes then take a look at our complimentary self shooting guides, Basic filming tips that will make all the difference to your videos. Just click to download the pdf files.

Recommended equipment to start filming at home:

1. Camera or Smart phone,

2. External Microphone,

3. Tripod

4. Either a clean background in a room or you can purchase a green / white screen. 

5. You may also need a Teleprompter app. 

Mics for Web cam/Zoom

Sound accounts for 50% of the overall professional 'look' of your videos so it's well worth investing in a quality mic as the 'in build' mics on phones are rarely of a high quality and cheaper mics make little or know difference.

Rode are one of

the best microphones

which we highly

recommend as a first choice 

Mic for Phones
Android

Internal microphones on mobile phones or smart devices aren't great and can often leave your audio sounding echoey or tinny. So it's best to purchase an external microphone. 

 

*Always check that the microphone your a purchasing has the correct adapter for your phone. You might need to purchase an additional adapter. 

i Phone
Great quality Mics for Cameras
Requires the Sennheiser Portable Wireless reciever pack
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Media for sending Showreels
Thin USB sticks
Video Brochures

Sending your showreel or Voice reel direct to a Producer or Agent is a great way to get noticed. Here are some helpful items to get you noticed.

*Suitable for SD footage (1.30s HD only)
* 20 mins HD footage
*Suitable for SD footage (1.30s HD only)
Green Screens 'Pop Up' & frame stand. variety of sizes.

It's important when filming with a green screen that you get an even and consistent shade of green to film against, therefore we recommend the 'Pop Ups' as they automatically stretch out and remove any creases. Quick and easy to use. 

White Background

Ideal to get a clean white background if you're unable to use a wall. Creates a professional backdrop for filming videos or self-tapes.

Lighting

Basic '3 point lighting' will help reduce shadows and ensure you are well lit adding to the professionalism of your videos.

LED Lighting

If you're planning on making a lot of videos a higher standard of lighting will save the need to change bulbs and give you more control over your shots.

LED Ring Light 

Great for social media videos, zoom calls or simple blogs 

Tripod for Cameras & Phones

Using a tripod when your filming will reduce camera movement and improves the quality of your videos. 

Most recommended

for cameras 

Budget choice for cameras

Most recommended

for smart phones

Table top tripod

for phone 

Semi Pro Cameras

If you want to start getting serious about video and film making these cameras are great. They both have sockets for external mics and have an easy to use interface.

Web Cams for Zoom 
Presenter tools
Steadicams 
GoPros, Cases, Accessories & Dash Cams
Audio Only Recording
For On The Go
Some good reading!

These recommended reads are to

help inspire you and help your

career.

Some of them are self-help

books and autobiographies all of

which have been read by us. 

There are also a couple of

books featured that our previous clients have 

written. 

Recommended books for actors

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