How To Pack Your Video Gear For Travel On The Cheap.
We will be traveling across the country in the next few months gathering interviews for our Documentary, The Board Of Education. We are traveling very light with only a two man crew yet weilding three cameras. Here is our travel plan to get the gear there. Using it on set is a whole other scenario. For this excercise we need to get the stuff there cheap. Airlines are charging up to an additional $100 per bag each way. This would be an enormous drain on our budget. One trick that I learned from Doc filmmaker Albert Maysles was to combine multiple cases in one bag. We are putting our three Switronix TorchLED Bolt lights, cables, power adapters, extra chargers and AKS and small pelican case inside the single checked bag along with our personal items and clothing. We are bringing three cameras, six primes, two zooms, two camera bodies, a Sony FS100 and Canon 5D MKII, filters, cards, batteries and shotgun mic in a carry on travel bag. We will also carry on the tripod case containing a boom pole, a backup Que Audio shotgun mic, an XLR cable, two light stands and of course the tripod itself. I will carry in my personal bag a Sony NEX5N with a Sony 16mm E-Mount f2.8 lens with the crappy Sony shotgun mic. This is our failsafe camera that can literally go anywhere. In all we will bring three cameras, three lights, a 5 x 7 fotodiox black and white backdrop and enough bullets to last for two days. A small but nimble camera package that should only cost us about $40 each way in excess baggage fees. There are two rules in my book about airline travel. Always bring the camera with you on the plane. Bring enough support to get the job done.
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The Board Of Education: A Documentary Film about corporal punishment in the US public schools.