HDDSLR Indie Filmmaker Kit

Check out the full kit bundle on B&H, which includes the pieces listed below!

This configuration ups the ante in terms of price and professionalism, providing a solid base for expansion while still being compact enough to be managed by a single operator. This kit is based around Redrock Micro’s DSLR Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle V2 (pieces listed below) giving the operator a sturdy hand-held kit that comes sticks-ready. The geared follow focus and matte box allow for even finer control over your cinematic masterpiece while allowing multiple people (an operator and AC) to work simultaneously, contributing an higher level of quality and professionalism to your video work.

The real key to this rig is it’s ability to grow with you as a filmmaker. It provides everything you need to make a film while providing you with a platform to add any number of accessories as conditions permit and new and inventive sequences require. I would recommend this kit to anyone who is really serious about filmmaking, and someone who is willing to make the initial investment as this kit will really pay off in the long run.

PLEASE NOTE:  You can read a LOT more detail about rigs, lenses, tripods, steadicams, jibs, lights, batteries, cards, software – YOU NAME IT as well as WHY I use it the PROS and CONS of each and examples on the MY GEAR section of this site.

TRIPOD:  As you have heard me mention before – not all films are shot on a hand-held rig – and so some sort of rigid support is necessary.  If you want a tripod that can handle the support system you can build here – then  I recommend the 504HD Head and the 546 Video Pro Legs by Manfrotto.  These are professional grade sticks that will last you a life time.  Head over to the Tripod Page to check them out.

ITEMS IN THIS RIG:

DSLR Baseplate B&H Mfr. Site
The mounting point for your HDDSLR (such as the Canon 5D or 7D) with set screws for both Canon and Nikon DSLRs. This baseplate also serves as a quick release, allowing you to easily remove and mount your camera on any 15mm lightweight rod configurations.
18" 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods B&H Mfr. Site
The foundation to any serious cinema kit, rods allow you to mount any number of accessories essential to the art of cinematography. These 18" rods serve as the base of this configuration and the mounting point for all accessories.
microShoulderPad B&H Mfr. Site
A comfortable and adaptable shoulder pad that provides support for the 18" Carbon Fiber Rods. Not only can a camera system be mounted directly to the head bracket of this shoulder pad, a quick release tripod plate can also be mounted to the base, allowing fast and easy conversions from a sticks-bound system to a handheld configuration.
Handlebar Clamp B&H Mfr. Site
This Handlebar Clamp connects the 4" and 8" Handlebar Rods and the two microHandGrips to form a traditional hand-held bracket.
Handlebar Rod – 4" B&H Mfr. Site
This 4" Handlebar Rod attaches to the Handlebar Clamp and one microHandGrip to form one half of the fully adjustable hand-held bracket.
Handlebar Rod – 8" B&H Mfr. Site
This 8" Handlebar Rod attaches to the Handlebar Clamp and one microHandGrip to form one half of the fully adjustable hand-held bracket.
(2) microHandGrips B&H Mfr. Site
A versatile hand grip that mounts to any 15mm rod. In this configuration, the two microHandGrips attach to the rig via Handlebar Rods and Handlebar Clamp to form a fully adjustable hand-held bracket.
microBalance Plus B&H Mfr. Site
The microBalance Plus is the mounting platform for the MicroBalance Counterbalance Weight and connects to the rig via 15mm Rods in a lightweight configuration. The microBalance Plus allows the MicroBalance Counterbalance Weight to be positioned left to right to fine tune comfort and horizon balance.
(2) MicroBalance Counterbalance Weight B&H Mfr. Site
The MicroBalance Counterbalance Weight connects to the microBalance Plus to add stability to the rig while relieving some of the front-heavy weight from the operator.
microMount (w/ spud) B&H Mfr. Site
The microMount (w/spud) connects to the 8" Handlebar Rod to provide a 1/4" 20 mounting screw for a field monitor (such as the 5" Marshall Electronics HDMI monitor) for ease of operation and focus assist.
microHandle B&H Mfr. Site
The microHandle attaches to the rig via the 18" 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods in a lightweight configuration, providing a top handle for low-mode operation and a convenient carrying handle while you are on the go in-between setups.
microMatteBox Bundle B&H Mfr. Site
The microMatteBox Bundle is a 15mm lightweight configuration rod-mounted matte box. It is a swing-away style matte box allowing for easy access to lenses up to 114mm front diameter. It has two fully rotatable 4×5.65 drop-in style filter holders and features mounting points for an eyebrow and french flags.
microMatteBox Flag Kit B&H Mfr. Site
The microMatteBox Flag Kit features and eyebrow (wide top flag) and two (left and right) french flags to shade the lens further from any errant flares that may occur.
microFollow Focus v2 B&H Mfr. Site
The microFollow Focus v2 is a quick release mounted Follow Focus that allows for easy control of the focus barrel on any style lens, provided they have a 0.8 pitch gearing or are fitted with a gear adapter (such as the microLens Gears). This Follow Focus unit features a white marking disk to aid the operator or focus puller in maintaining and hitting marks.
microLens Gears B&H Mfr. Site
The microLens Gears adapt focus barrels on SLR style lenses to be used with geared follow focus units (like the microFollow Focus v2). The microLens Gears come in 4 sizes: A, B, C, and D to fit lens barrels from 180mm to 320mm circumference (most fixed and zoom style SLR lenses).
B2 LLR II: 80mm LR Clamp (Quick Release) Mfr. Site
 
V-LCD50-HDMI 5" Monitor B&H Mfr. Site
The 5" Marshall Electronics Monitor is a great substitute for the DSLR’s back panel LCD screen, allowing the operator to easily judge focus and operate the camera. The best feature about this monitor is its ability to run solely off of 4 AA batteries, reducing overall weight and making this monitor more portable than ever.

ALTERNATE ITEMS:

microLink 4 Riser B&H Mfr. Site
The microLink 4 Riser is used with the 9" 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods to convert the rig from a center balanced system to an offset system. Instead of looking directly into an on-board monitor, the operator would now be looking directly into an optical viewfinder (such as the Z-Finder) attached to the back of your DSLR (like the Canon 5D or 7D).
9" 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods B&H Mfr. Site
The 9" Carbon Fiber Rods would be used in tandem with the microLink 4 Riser to convert the rig from a center balanced system to an offset system. The camera would now attach to these 9" Rods directly in front of the operator via the DSLR Baseplate.
MB 456 Academy Matte Box B&H Mfr. Site
The Chrosziel MB 456 Academy Matte Box is a great alternative to the microMatteBox. This matte box can be a rod mounted or clip-on style matte box (given the appropriately sized retainer ring for your lens). This matte box features two fully rotatable 5×5 or 4×5.65 drop-in style filter holders, as well as mounting points for an eyebrow and a set of french flags.
Z-Finder 2.5x B&H Mfr. Site
The Z-Finder attaches directly to the DSLR’s LCD screen to not only serve as a viewfinder–both magnifying the image and allowing for easier focus control–but it also acts as yet another point of stabilization against the body.