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FilmMakerGifts.com has gift suggestions for the filmmaker/s in your life! Everything from professional tools of the filmmaking trade to simple mobile apps along with some of the best movies made about cinema and filmmaking and course on "How to...". We've compiled this list of gift items that will tell your filmmaker that you support their goal and know your stuff. Price ranges and level of expertise vary so take a look at our suggestions and then give the perfect gift to your filmmaker!
#1TABLET CHOICES GALORE
Tablets are great for visual thinkers and filmmakers are just that...so mobile computing enables them to view movies and surf the internet wherever they are working or vacationing between making films. We also have an idea for its use between shots.
Your filmmaker will certainly appreciate the "touch" technology and the portability however the choices are numerous. Our best recommendation is to consider how your filmmaker will use it . Tablets are great for reading books on how-to-make-films, for viewing and analyzing movies and staying in touch with crew (but phones are good for that too) however, the downside occurs when serious work needs doing. Then it's to the laptop. We still like the iPad because you can buy lots of apps.
Price range : $$-$$$
Who would like this: Aspiring creatives. Remember, filmmakers are visually oriented.
Purchase iPad from Amazon!
#2StoryBoard Quick 6.1
Before your favorite filmmaker even thinks about setting foot on the set, or pitching an idea to an executive producer, arm them with the power to create a visual plan...even if they can't draw!
StoryBoard Quick storyboard software helps filmmakers visualize, brainstorm and organize story ideas before shooting a single shot! Storyboards are the blueprint for movies and a great way to pitch story ideas to find funding. This previs program is a powerful time, money and resource saver for your filmmaker! Maybe you too have a story idea mulling around. StoryBoard Quick software is great for students or novice filmmakers. Available for Mac addicts and Windows users alike. And speaking of apps, this software has the capability of connecting boards made in an iPhone/Android app to create On-the-Go storyboards [StoryBoard Quick Direct ] The filmmaker's uploads the mobile boards to the desktop. It's a whole system for boarding.
See the StoryBoard Quick video.
Price range : $$
Who would like this: Professional and amateurs use these industry leading tools to create, organize, plan shots, pitch ideas and communicate their vision to crew members and potential investors alike.
Purchase StoryBoard Quick storyboard software from PowerProduction Software!
GO PRO HERO Starter bundle
We're recommending the starter kit because it comes with the accessories to make the camera useful!
Take a look for yourself and see if this isn't the IT gift for this season.
Who would like this: Experimental filmmakers who like to try new styles of visual to enhance their stories.
Price range : $$
Purchase GoPRO Starter Bundle from Amazon!
#4IndieFlix Gift Subscription
Bring the Film Festival Experience to your Is your filmmaker out there doing it on their own? The world of Indepent Filmmaking has changed. There are low budgets and even micro-budgets. But no matter how much a film costs to make, filmmakers what their movies watched. Here's a place to watch INDIE FILMS no matter what's the budget. A great gift for your indie filmmaker. Then they will enjoy a subscription to IndieFlix where they have unlimited on demand access to shorts, documentaries and features for enjoyment and inspiration. Then when they're done with their production, this is a great resource for them to find an audience. To get them familiar with this great site, a simple subscription might be just the gift to give them.
While you're at it, sign them up for a subscription to the online INDIEWIRE
Price range : $
Purchase a gift subscription from IndieFlix!
#5Movies ABOUT Movies
Hollywood has made a number of great movies (now on DVD or download available) about filmmaking and the love of moives. Here's a list of some of our favorites, all of them excellent, and all of them with something to do with the business of making movies. Check out these great titles. Most you can buy on Amazon from the link provided. [Or give them an Apple TV or start a subscription to Netflix or IndieFlix.]
- Birdman - Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. It will also show your filmaker how planning their shots can lead to very compelling cinema storytelling! - Watch closely to see how the film is shot to appear to be one continuous take.
- Cinema Paradiso- A young boy in a small Italian village makes friends with a movie theatre projectionist and is inspired to make movies.
- Adaptation- Nic Cage stars in this writer's fantasy
- Bowfinger - Steve Martin & Eddie Murphy make stealth movies
- Barton Fink - John Tuturo wraps his mind around a script idea
- Get Shorty - Humerous Hitman makes a movie
- The Player - Fear and Loathing in Corporate Hollywood
- Entourage - HBO's fun and fast series look at the life of a movie star
Price range : $
Who would like this: You and everyone you know! Especially those filmmakers and cinema lovers in your life.
The nano Flycam DSLR Nano Stabilizeris a fantastic rig for solid, supported shooting with minimal rigging. The CARBON FIBER Stabilizer is quick and easy to set up and balance. A camera stabilizer making filming with a steadier hand possible. Perfect for the director who shoots everything handheld. This makes amazingly smooth shots on any terrain. With its compact design you can now have both stability and size on your side. Camera not included!
[For cameras weighing 1.5kg (3.3) to 2kg (4.4lb)]
Price range : $$ - $$$
Who would like this: Probably a budding director who not only likes to call his/her own unique shots but take them, too!
Purchase Flycam DSLR Nano Stabilizer from Amazon!
#7Cinematic Storytelling & Master Shots
If you're looking for a gift for an auteur, or the writer who is turning all-in-one filmmaker, then Jennifer Van Sijll's Cinematic Storytelling teaches the language of cinema which goes beyond dialog while. Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie takes a more visual approach. Either book is great for anyone interested in truly mastering cinematic storytelling and moving beyond YouTube clipmaking.
Both books are available in the Kindle Editions so keep it simple- or add the Kindle and make a great bundle.
Price range : $ with Kindle, $
Who would like this: Anyone who has a script and wants to make it more cinematic or has a script and wants to make the movie tell the story visually!
Purchase Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know from Amazon!
Purchase Master Shots from Amazon!
Lights! Camera! Action! You've heard the phrase...but you probably focused on the "Action." Before there can be Action, you need lights. And they need to be just right. For the director in your family help them get professional lighting in a portable Light package. Price range: $$
Who would like this: The Director who's setting up a static location.
Purchase Limo Studio Portable LED Light Kit from Amazon
The coolest and most complete director's viewfinder available for your iPhone/iPad. Much more than just an aspect ratio, pick any camera sensor, any lens, any aspect, and any format to find the perfect shot anytime, anywhere.
Who would like this: Any filmmaker or student filmmaker
#10Sony Wireless Microphone
Tap, tap, check one...check one, two. Capturing dialog means your filmmaker needs a good microphone package. Wireless Microphone Package from Sony. Package includes a lavalier microphone, bodypack transmitter and portable diversity tuner. Mounting adapter for camcorder included. Suitable for a wide range of applications, from news gathering and interviews to dramatic dialog, talk shows and conferences.So no matter the direction your filmmaker is pursuing, this piece of equipment will help round out their production kit. Price range : $$$
Who would like this: A filmmaker who wants to make "talkies" and not silent movies.
Purchase Sony UWPV1 Lavalier Microphone, Bodypack Transmitter & Portable RX Wireless System from Amazon!
#11Spectra Professional Light Meter
While aspiring filmmakers can only dream of being overexposed, they certainly don't want their film or video to be - when it comes to lighting. Having the right light means having the right end result for your shots and nothing will help you determine that better than the Spectra Professional Light Meter. Compact, accurate and now available in a whole host of fun colors. So you can get a reading on the light while being color coordinated. Price range : $$
Who would like this: Directors and cinematographers who demand perfection when shooting to film.
Purchase Sprectra Professional Light Meter from B&H Photo
#12The 12 Days of Christmas Gift 2016- Extravaganza
If you haven't found the perfect Holiday gift to fit your requirements from the list above, take some inspiration from the once popular song "12 Days if Christmas." PNC wants to reintroduce the song to the next gen (as if they'd listen). So to give any, or all, of the 12 days of Christmas gifts, each year PNC Bank calculates the price of each item. It's a fun site and you can tell it cost PNC Bank a bundle to produce. A filmmaker always appreciates great production value.
The total cost of 2016's 12 days of Christmas gifts is $21,005.99. That's a 1% increase over 2014.
Price Range: $$$$+