Equipment Haul Review

Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago I released an equipment haul video for a DSLR camera package that I received for my birthday this last summer. In the video, I explained what exactly was in the package and gave a quick look at my YouTube set up. In an effort to keep the video short, I didn’t include my review of the equipment, so I figured I would use my blog to share my opinions.

First off, as I mentioned in the video (click the link below if you haven’t seen it already), the previous camera that I was using (the Canon Rebel T3i) was one that I purchased in my junior year of high school (which was back in 2012!). I needed an upgrade mainly because the model was very out of date and the camera was having difficulty recording in low or poor lighting. Despite this, the camera still worked perfectly and looked great in proper lighting- which makes it one that I would recommend to anyone- I just wanted something that I could use without worry of graininess on my footage.

While I do a bit of freelance work with my equipment, my main use for a camera is filming YouTube videos. After doing a bit of research, I learned that most YouTubers that I watch use the Canon 70D. I liked that their videos were really sharp and crisp in terms of image quality, and I assumed they were easy to use cameras that held up well because it didn’t seem like the YouTubers complained about them at all. While I do have other friends that swear by Nikons or other brands, I am partial to Canon because it was the first brand recommended to me. Honestly most DSLR brands are incredibly similar, so it’s just a matter of finding one that you like best.

Ultimately I ended up with a Canon 80D rather than a 70D (they were actually closely priced on Amazon) but I think the two cameras are fairly similar. While I haven’t played around with a 70D before, it probably just has fewer features than the 80D. One feature that I like most about the 80D is that it has a touch screen that focuses on whatever you touch in the video; and it stays locked onto the subject when it moves. When I film myself for YouTube videos, I can’t really glance back and forth from the preview screen to the lens to check if I’m in focus or not, especially not when I’m talking. But ever since I started using the touch to focus feature, I don’t have to worry about the camera losing focus on me or accidentally focusing on the background because it is locked on my movements.

After using the 80D for a few months now, in addition to the added equipment that I got as part of the Amazon package, I can say that I love everything! It’s definitely a very basic setup of equipment- I’m not looking to spend thousands of dollars on lights and things- but it has boosted my quality significantly. If you look at my videos from 6 months to a year ago, you’ll see that they look a lot more flat- the color is off and the lighting isn’t great. Now that I have lights and the 80D, everything seems more vibrant and definitely not grainy when I shoot in low light or limited natural light. I also feel more confident when I record videos for myself or for freelance work because I feel that with better equipment, it makes me look more professional.

I wish I could speak more to the tech specs about my equipment but sadly I’m not a very tech-y person. I’ll just end this post by saying that the camera and added equipment are easy to use and I would recommend this package, or anything similar, to someone looking to do YouTube videos, small freelance projects, or simple short films. If you have tried this equipment for yourself, or anything similar that you really liked or dislike, please leave your comments below! I’ll see you all again soon!

Link to the camera/lighting packages that I have:

https://www.amazon.com/Canon-80D-DSLR-Video-Creator/dp/B01LC08K62/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1508520687&sr=8-18&keywords=canon+80D+kit

https://www.amazon.com/Savage-LED-SB-SAVAGE-LED-Portait/dp/B01IAA8UXK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1508522307&sr=1-2&keywords=savage+lights

Link to my YouTube video:

Impact to the Industry

Hello all and happy first day of November! I can’t believe how close we are to the end of the year. And more importantly, I can’t believe how much has happened within the film industry since I graduated from college a few short months ago. While I am not living in L.A., the recent outpouring of sexual assault stories from Hollywood has impacted me and those around me in the film community in New York. As a woman in film, or rather a young woman aspiring to make it in the film industry, I have always been aware of the lack of diversity and the unfair treatment of women in Hollywood.

Since day one of film school, I have been told that even with our society attempting to be more all inclusive and open minded, Hollywood is still a boy’s club and women have to work twice as hard to make it to the top. But seeing how many actresses, and even some actors, came forward with stories or unwarranted sexual advances, I realized that this kind of stuff can happen to anyone. And now more than ever I hope that I can help forge a path in the industry towards equality.

While the incidents with Harvey Weinstein and most recently Kevin Spacey are upsetting, they have also made me realize that times have actually changed in a way. These women and men who have come forward with their stories have proven that now is the time to speak up. House of Cards has been canceled; The Weinstein Company has fired Harvey Weinstein. There are repercussions to their actions. Sadly not every allegation of rape or assault is met with immediate action, and these punishments can’t fix what has already been done, but this is a start.

Again, I hope that one day I can help other aspiring female filmmakers find their way in this industry and make it less of a “boy’s club”. If you have any thoughts or would like to share your story, my website or any other anonymous blog can be your outlet.

-Hayley

 

INCREDIBLY USEFUL ADVICE FOR FILMMAKERS MAKING MONEY

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Today I wanted to share and article and a series of videos that I found that were full of incredibly useful and important advice for young filmmakers.

Spread out over a series of 5 short video episodes and 6 key points, the article features a group of several filmmakers who discuss the current landscape for finding success in the film industry. This article, found on nofilmschool.com, struck a cord for me because it really focuses on students and recent graduates of film school and what they can do to improve their craft and find work while still following their dreams.

While in film school, one of the main things that I made sure to do (and this is also mentioned in Episode 1 from the article) was not spend my time focusing in one area of film making or production. Although my main interest was and still is directing, I helped out on other student sets as a grip, gaffer, producer, assistant director, and editor. I knew that I could always fall back on directing, so I didn’t turn down positions because they weren’t my main interest. It’s unlikely that someone straight out of film school becomes a top director, so it is important to have other skills that you can fall back on, as stated in these videos. So far in my career I have tried to live by this advice, and although I am still working in the video department in the corporate world, I have plenty of time to work on my passions on the side while improving my professional skills.

You can find a link to the article with the attached videos below:
http://nofilmschool.com/2017/07/how-make-money-filmmaker

Let me know if anything from these episodes stands out for you! And also feel free to share any other articles or pieces of advice that you have found/heard about finding success as a filmmaker.

Best,
Hayley