Don’t have everything you might need for the course? No worries. Many of our participants will source gear from friends or family. We also have a number of items available to use or we can help source a rental option. Don’t hesitate to contact us and we can work with you directly on specific questions. If you’re interested in purchasing new equipment, we’re happy to make recommendations. In some cases, it might be best to come on the course and try a few different options before buying.
Our courses focus on storytelling over fancy equipment. You don’t need the latest and greatest. The best camera to bring is the one you intend to use after the course. You can bring any camera including GoPros, iPhones, etc. Every camera has limitations in different situations, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn the limitations of your camera. If you prefer to learn a camera you don’t have, let us know and we review the options.
Many cameras have severe limitations for audio quality out-of-the-box. If you do not own audio equipment, we have a variety of shotgun, lavaliere, and on-camera mics for use.
If your course includes an editing portion, you will need a laptop with editing software. You may bring a mac or PC. It should have a minimum 8GB of RAM, but 16GB is better.
The most common editing software is Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut X. Both are suitable for our course. Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud has a 30-day free trial or can be subscribed on a month-to-month basis. If you do not have a laptop computer, we have a limited supply available.
On our course, you will have the opportunity to work with a few different types of production equipment including sliders, jibs, motion control and handheld rigs. If you’re looking to gain experience on specific equipment, please contact us for possible options.
While in the backcountry, it’s important you have the necessary gear to keep you warm, safe, and prepared for filming. Although the Adventure Film School will provide all group gear (tents, stoves, first aid, etc), you will need a list of personal items. The exact list will depend on the course itinerary. We will send a detailed packing list after registration.
In general, you’ll want to be prepared for adverse weather with limited/to no access to electricity for several days. Being mobile and light will help significantly with backcountry travel. Try to minimize your equipment to keep pack weight as low as possible. Any equipment (e.g laptop, hard drives, etc) are not needed for the field days can be stored in-town while you are on the trip.
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