Behind the Scenes

On Saturday, a horde of people descended on my house and we shot another episode of our new web series. This is confusingly the fourth episode of the series, but only the third one we’ve shot.

While it would be against the rules to tell you too much about the content, I can tell you how we’re shooting it, and the equipment we’re using.

First off, our friend and collaborator, Shaun Pulsifer, has lent us most of the things we use. This is both extremely kind of him, and equally cost-effective.

Lights

We have three lights in total. Two of them are Yongnuo Digital YN300 II Pro LED Video Lights.

The third is an older Lowel VIP System Pro-Light from Tiffen.

Audio Recorder

Sometimes we get students from the local sound school to help us out, and they bring their own equipment. For the first two episodes, the students used the Zoom H6 Portable Recorder.

For our episode on Saturday, we used the TASCAM DR-05 (Version 2) Recorder.

Microphone

Again this depends on whether we use the students’ equipment, or our own.

They use good old Sennheiser equipment. I’ll make a note of it next time we make use of their services.

We used a Vidpro XM-55 13-Piece Professional Video & Broadcast Unidirectional Condenser Microphone Kit.

Camera

A lot of talk with Anna Mae and myself went into which camera to use. We couldn’t borrow one, and we couldn’t rent one. After doing a lot of panicking, I realised that I owned a 1080p camera that had an optical image stabiliser built into it, that takes amazing photos already.

Yes, we shoot on an Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Software

We may be amateurs, but we’re not dummies. We need to make sure that the camera shoots the best it can, which is why we use Filmic Pro. If you’re at all familiar with this app, you’ll know that the film Tangerine was shot exclusively on iPhone with Filmic Pro.

For post-production, we will make use of a combination of iMovie and Final Cut Pro.

I hope you found this interesting. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on Twitter, at @west_yyc.