I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Film (though part way through my time there, they changed the name of it to “Media Arts”). I crewed up on every show that got made at our school the last year I was there, and well into the next one after I graduated. Digital cameras that recorded to tape were just becoming available when I left school, so I got started shooting 16mm and cutting with a film splicer (essentially a pair of scissors and a roll of tape).

Nowadays, I shoot on my own Sony FS700 with a Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ attached to it. This gives me the ability to capture beautiful 4K, 2K, and HD footage in either RAW or ProRes formats, while approaching 15 stops of dynamic range. Below you will see a more complete listing of the equipment in my kit. Here’s a link if you’d like to see my reel. Here’s another if you’d rather see my favorite videos in my portfolio. If you have more time, here’s one for every video in my portfolio.

Equipment Packages

Here is a list of the different sets of equipment I can bring with me on any given shoot. If you just need something more precise and want to work out a less expensive arrangement, I can work with you.
  • Sony FS700 with Odyssey 7Q+

    This is my basic package: just a camera with a recorder/monitor. But don't be fooled, the Sony FS700 paired with the Odyssey 7Q+ give you a wide breadth of capabilities:

    • 4K RAW or ProRes up to 60fps (120fps in burst mode)
    • 2K or HD RAW or ProRes up to 240fps
    • Up to 15 stops of dynamic range

    This rig comes with several accessories to make a day of shooting more convenient:

    • Lenses
      • Canon 24-70 f2.8
      • Canon 70-200 f2.8
      • Tokina 11-16 f2.8
      • An assortment of slower and cheaper lenses
    • Metabones Speedbooster (adapts Canon lenses and gives an additional 2-stops of maximum aperture)
    • Backup Metabones standard E to EF adapter
    • Zacuto Gratical HD Electronic Viewfinder
    • Cineroid EVF4MHH Electronic Viewfinder
    • Tilta ES-T05 15mm rail rig with dovetail and shoulder mount kit
    • Tilta FF-T03 Follow Focus with two hard stops
    • 2-stage Matte Box
    • Sony L-Series Batteries: 5 x F970, 2 x F770, 2 x F570, 2 x generic F570
    • 2 L-Series battery chargers
    • Canon LP-E6 batteries (4x Canon Brand and 2 x generic) and charger (for Zacuto Gratical HD)
    • Benro H10 Fluid Head with 5-step counterbalance and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag
    • 2 x LED on-camera lights
    • On-camera mic
  • LED/Fresnel & Kino Lighting Kit and Grip Package

    I have 10 LED fresnels of various sizes and 4 small LED panels. They are all 5600K daylight balanced, so I have CTO gels to adjust them when I need them to match tungsten lights. They have some wonderful advantages over tungsten lights: they all run cool, they are all dimmable, and none of them draws requires more than 200 watts at full output. That means that I can plug the entire kit into one basic 15 amp circuit without fear of throwing the breaker. Despite the low power consumption, they still kick out as much light as tungsten fixtures that require five to ten times more power. Here's a list of them with specifics:

    • Dracast 2000 Fresnel, 200w, 5600K, comparable to tungsten 2K
    • 2 x Topfotos 200w Fresnels, 200w max, 5600K, comparable to tungsten 1K
    • 4 x Topfotos 100w Fresnels, 100w max, 5600K, comparable to tungsten 650
    • Zabolight Z5 Fresnel, 50w max, 5600K, comparable to tungsten 350
    • 2 x Topfotos 20w Fresnels, 20w max, 5600K, comparable to tungsten 150
    • 4 x Bestlight 900 Panel Lights, 50w, 5600K, output comparable to tungsten 500
    • 4 x 50ft Stingers, 8 x 25ft

    I also have a few Kino Flo fluorescent fixtures:

    • 2 x 4ft 4banks
    • 2ft 4bank

    Apart from the lights, I have a fairly substantial grip package:

    • 2 x Combo Stands
    • 8 x 40" C-Stands
    • 20" C-Stand
    • 7 x Light Stands, various sizes
    • 24x36 Scrims: 2 x Solid, 2 x Single, 2 x Double, 2 x Silk, 2 x gel frames
    • 18x24 Scrims: Solid, Single, Double, Silk
    • Clamps: 4 x Cardellini, 6 x Mafer, Duck-bill, 4 x c-clamp, 4 x Scissor, many grip clips
    • Sandbags

    There are also some expendables, like gels and gaff tape. What you would expect. There are also two carts: a RockNRolla R10RT and R16RT for moving it all.

    I have gotten away from using them, but I also have quite a few tungsten lights in my kit. They're just so hot and take so much power that I now generally don't even travel with them. Nevertheless, here is a listing:

    • Lowel lights
      • 2 x DP Light (1000w)
      • 4 x Omni (500w)
      • 3 x Pro Light (250w)
      • 3 x Tota (750w)
      • 5x Lowel light stands
      • Various Lowel lighting controls, bard doors, gel frames, gels, reflectors, and umbrellas
    • Amvona and Photoflex Soft Boxes
      • 2 x Amvona heads
      • 1 x Photoflex head
      • 2 x 1000w Mogul globes
      • 2 x 500w Mogul globes
      • 4 x soft boxes, 4x3, 3x2, 24x18, and one even smaller one

    If it's not clear, I can only run 3 soft boxes at a time because I only have three heads. They make pretty light, but they're hot and two of them running 1000w globes will blow a 15 amp household circuit. Lately I prefer just to shoot LED fresnels through a silk.

  • Camera Support/Movement

    Apart from my Benro H10 100mm ball head and Davis & Sanford ProVista 100 tripod, I have the following camera support/movement options:

    EZ Jib

    • 100mm Bowl
    • 4ft arm, permits 7ft vertical camera move
    • Can be rigged overslung, underslung, or with camera pointed straight down
    • Includes EZ FX Handle for manual pan and tilt

    Skateboard Dolly

    20ft of PVC track permits very rapid setup

    Slider

    Manfrotto single stage tripod with 114MV Cine/Video Dolly

    This doesn't provide the smoothest ride, as it's just a set of wheels that mounts right onto your spike-footed tripod. Nevertheless, it's rather nice when on a sound stage or at a location with a smooth, flat floor to have your jib sitting on top of it when it's time to move to the next setup.

  • Sound

    I have a fairly simple kit for recording sound:

    • Zoom H4n
    • Audio Technica AT897 shotgun mic
    • Sennheiser EW-100 G2 wireless lavalier mic
    • RODE boom pole
    • Sennheiser HD 280 closed-back earphones
    • XLR cable: 1 x 75ft, 1 x 50ft, 3 x 20ft