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Mount Your Camera Anywhere – VBag – Film Riot


The Philip Bloom VBAG

This episode Ryan reviews the “V” Bag (VBAG), Philip Bloom endorsed camera stabilization bag. It looks like the water bags that you put in the back of a truck, but instead of putting in water you actually suck out the air to lock your camera into position. So if you need a somewhat affordable way to stabilize your camera just about anywhere, then check out the “V” Bag.




Rhode Smart Lav Review from Film Riot Great Value For Wireless Alternative

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Rhode Smart Lav

This episode goes into detail on the Rhode Smart Lav. I personally dig it. I paid approximately that much for a set of lav mics that aren’t wireless so recording to an iphone is certainly a better alternative. That is as long as you get some sort of sync sound. Anyway, Ryan goes into his detail about the mic system in this episode and there is some serious cutdown challenges going on with Josh.


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Film Set Grip Description – Mark Vargo A.S.C.

Film set grip descriptionWhat IS a Grip and what do they Do?

Film Set Grip Description:

This IS THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF A HIGH BUDGET FILM GRIP I HAVE SEEN. Thanks to Mark Vargo for producing this video and to Joe Rohaley for finding it and sharing it with me. If you have ever wondered what a grip does, this is your opportunity to see what they do on a set with a real budget. I’ve been on large sets myself and grips are absolutely worth their weight in gold. A film could not be shot on a professional level without them, just you try.

Please watch this video by Mark Vargo and you will understand what it is like and how big of a job Grips do for the movie business. Yes, I realize that on an independent micro budget set, these situations don’t necessarily come into play, but by knowing what CAN be done, you are starting off on a great footing for improving your productions. Enjoy!

Grip it Good from Mark Vargo on Vimeo.

Part tutorial, part love letter – this video represents my take on the importance of the grip department. No grips, no Oscar nomination. Film schools don’t spend enough time on the essentials of gripping and for the life of me I don’t know why! Grips provide literally 1/2 of the lighting on stage and sometimes 100% of the lighting outdoors! You cannot learn how to shoot without some knowledge of “cutting” light. Hopefully this video will help you approach your lighting plan differently in the future.
Hope you like it! Mark Vargo, asc


Filmmakers’ Christmas List 2013 from Ryan Connolly at Film Riot

Ryan Connolly Filmmakers' Christmas List 2013The Filmmakers’ Christmas List 2013!

Yes! Great gear and great recommendations. I have still yet to take the plunge into CC, but certainly I am headed that direction. I love that there are options from Final Draft for script writing. Since I primarily write for advertising, I hardly ever use a traditional script style and I want to do a new film this next year so I’ll have to check out the Adobe Story for sure!

So what do you think? Did Ryan do well with his list? What do you want this year. Leave a comment and let me know what you do and don’t like about his list. His links are below so you can check out these great products.


Adobe Story Free:…

Adobe Story:


Canon 5D Mark III:…

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:…

Canon T3i:…

Letus AnamorphX Adapter:…

Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler:…

Letus Master Cinema Series:…

Letus Talon:…


Revolve Camera Dolly Pro Kit:…

Rode NTG-3:

Rode NTG-2:

H4N Zoom:

H6 Zoom:\


5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector:…

Adobe CC:…


Red Giant Color Suite 11:…

Red Giant Keying Suite:…

Red Giant Denoiser II:…

Red Giant Pluraleyes:…

Film Convert:



Christmas List 2012 from Film Riot

Christmas List 2012Christmas List 2012 from Film Riot

The Christmas List from 2012 from Ryan Connolly at Film Riot…So yeah, I know, I’m way behind watching these guys’ work and I’m just now getting to last year’s Christmas List, but I think a lot of these items are still very valid and I wanted to compare them in my next post to what they prefer for 2013. So check these out and let me know what you are wanting this Christmas and then I’ll post the Film Riot 2013 Christmas List.

The List:

Final Draft







Software Recommendations