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
    • SmallRig VCT-14 shoulder mount and tripod mounting plate
    • 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
    • Proaim 36" Camera Cart
  • Sony A7 III with DJI Ronin-S

    This camera package allows me to be far more mobile than I can with the FS700/Odyssey 7Q+. The A7 III can shoot at frame rates up to 30fps in 4K and 120fps in HD. With the Ronin-S, I can shoot incredibly smooth tracking shots. The rig includes the following accessories:

    • Lenses
      • Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8
      • Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4
      • Rokinon AF 50mm f/1.4
    • DJI Ronin-S
    • Rode VideoMicro On-Camera Microphone

    Any mobile device with the PlayMemories App from Sony installed on it can be used as a monitor for the A7 III, which acts as its own Wi-Fi hub. You can see my Samsung Galaxy S8 attached to the Ronin-S in the pictures.

  • LED/Fresnel & Kino Lighting Kit and Grip Package

    I have 16 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 they draw so little power, I can plug the entire kit into one basic 15 amp circuit without fear of throwing the breaker. Here's a list of them with specifics:

    • 2 x Intellytech Light Canon Pro, 5600K
    • 4 x Intellytech Light Canon F-165, 5600K
    • Dracast 2000 Fresnel, 5600K
    • 2 x Topfotos 200w Fresnels, 5600K
    • 4 x Topfotos 100w Fresnels, 5600K
    • Zabolight Z5 Fresnel, 50w max, 5600K
    • 2 x Topfotos 20w Fresnels, 5600K
    • 4 x Bestlight 900 Panel Lights, 50w, 5600K
    • 4 x 50ft Stingers
    • 8 x 25ft Stingers

    I also have a load of Kino Flo fluorescent fixtures with daylight tubes in them:

    • 6 x 4ft 4banks
    • 3 x 2ft 4banks

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

    • 6 x Mondo Combo Stands
    • 2 x Combo Stands
    • 12 x 40" C-Stands
    • 2 x 20" C-Stands
    • 5 x Beefy Baby Stands
    • 2 x Low Boy Stands
    • 7 x Light Stands, various sizes
    • 12x12 Frame with Silk, Ultrabounce
    • 6x6 Frame with Silk, Ultrabounce
    • 4x4 Scrims: 2 x Floppy, 3 x Solid, 2 x Single, 2 x Double, 2 x Silk, 4 x gel frames
    • 24x36 Scrims: 3 x Solid, 2 x Single, 2 x Double, 3 x Silk, 6 x gel frames
    • 18x24 Scrims: 2 x Solid, 3 x Silk
    • Clamps: 6 x Cardellini, 6 x Mafer, Duck-bill, 3 x c-clamp, 4 x Scissor, many grip clips
    • Apple Boxes: 4 x full, 3 x half, 2 x quarter, 2 x pancake
    • Sandbags: 6 x 35 lbs, 11 x 25 lbs, 3 x 20 lbs, 2 x 15 lbs

    To move all this gear around more easily, it is mostly loaded onto professional carts with 10" wheels:

    • Studio Carts Studio Duz-All Cart
    • Studio Carts Mini Kino Cart
    • Studio Carts C-Stand Mini Quad Cart
    • Studio Carts Mini Muscle Cart

    There are also some expendables, like gels and gaff tape. What you would expect. There are also two utility carts: a RockNRolla R10RT and R18RT for moving smaller items when we don't want to offload one of the bigger carts.

    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 or 216.

  • 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 G3 wireless lavalier mic
    • Sennheiser EW-100 G2 wireless lavalier mic
    • Sennheiser e385 handheld mic with SKP-100 wireless transmission capsule
    • K-Tek KE-110CCR Avalon Series aluminum boompole with internal XLR cable
    • RODE boom pole
    • Sennheiser HD 280 closed-back earphones
    • XLR cable: 1 x 75ft, 1 x 50ft, 3 x 20ft
    • Auray boom pole holder for mounting boom on c-stand