A reader question:
I’ve always been interested in TV Production and am thinking about writing a grant to start one. Our school has no funding for this, so I don’t even know where to start. What equipment do I need? How much will it cost?
I’ve learned that nothing goes out of fashion faster than equipment recommendations. However, here are my best recommendations for today.
Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with iMovie installed is all you need to start making movies. $200-$500.
I’m using a T3i DSLR camera that is excellent for still images but also shoots 1080p 24 frames per second high definition video. $400-$600
For sound, I use a boom microphone which can attach directly to the camera to shoot better sound. $100-$350
You will also need editing software, either iMovie (free with any Mac) or Final Cut Pro X ($300).
The T3i shoots excellent video in low-light situations. However, you may wish to add some lighting to your setup.