FilmMakerGifts.com has some great gift suggestions for the filmmakers in your life!
From professional tools of the filmmaking trade to mobile apps along with our recommendations of the best movies made about cinema and filmmaking.
This list of gift ideas will tell your filmmaker that you support their creative goal and really “get them!” Prices range and level of expertise vary so take a look at our ideas and then give the perfect gift to your filmmaker!
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1. StoryBoard QUICK - fun & easy shot-planning software
StoryBoard Quick software helps filmmakers visualize, brainstorm and organize story ideas. Storyboards are a great way to communicate their vision to crew and/or pitch story ideas to find funding. This previs program is a powerful time, money and resource saver for your filmmaker!
For Mac/Windows this also connects to boards made in an iPhone/Android app [StoryBoard Quick Direct ] Filmmakers then upload the mobile boards to the desktop. It's a whole system.
Who would like this: Professionals and Great for students or budding filmmakers.
Price range : $$
2. Go Pro Hero6 - On the Go Camera
Go Pro is a great camera for an adventurous filmmaker's toolkit. Great for Action shots: Biking, hiking, surfing! We're recommending the Hero6 because it automatically sends footage to a phone where the app turns it into a QuikStory - an awesome edited video. It's waterproof and has advance video stabilization. Especially good when choosing a gift for a guerilla filmmaker. Take a look for yourself and see if this isn't the IT gift for this season.
Who would like this: Experimental filmmakers who like to try new styles of visuals to enhance their stories.
Price range : $$
3. Fancierstudio Professional Digital Video Lighting Kit
Lights! Camera! Action! You've heard the phrase...but you probably focused on the "Action." Before there can be Action, you need lights. For the film director in your family -help them get professional lighting.
Benefits of a lighting kit: Continuous lighting is always on vs. Strobe lighting which is for still photography. The advantage to working with continuous light sources is that what you see is what you get. That makes it easier to adjust light positions to control shadows.
Price range: $$
Who would like this: Film directors with a project to shoot
4. Movo Wireless Microphone
Tap, tap, check one...check one, two. Capturing dialog means your filmmaker needs a good microphone package.
Wireless Microphone Package. Package includes a lavalier microphone, bodypack transmitter and portable receiver. XLR and 3.5mm inputs/outputs. Suitable for a wide range of applications, from news gathering and interviews to dramatic dialog, talk shows and conferences. So no matter the direction your filmmaker is pursuing, this piece of equipment will help round out their production kit.
Price range : $$
Who would like this: A filmmaker who wants to make "talkies" and not silent movies.
Purchase Movo Lavalier Microphone Transmitter & Portable RX Wireless System from Amazon!
5. FLYCAM Nano 19”/48cm Handheld Mini Camera Stabilizer
The Flycam Nano Stabilizer is a fantastic rig for solid, supported shooting with minimal rigging for DSLR Video Cameras up to 1.5kg/3.3lbs | Free Quick Release Plate GoPro Adapter iPhone Adapter and Storage Bag.
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!
Price range : $$
Who would like this: Any budding director who not only likes to call their own unique shots but take them, too!
Purchase Flycam Nano Stabilizer from Amazon!
6. Director's Viewfinder: PowerFinder
The cool and most complete director's viewfinder available for your filmmaker's iPhone/iPad. It's more than just an aspect ratio, pick any camera sensor, any lens, any aspect, and any format to find the perfect shot anytime, anywhere.
Price Range: $
Who would like this: Filmmakers or student filmmakers who care about setting up their shots before production.
7. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player
The powerful streaming media stick. Great for filmmakers who are streaming movies but too tired from filming to search via text.
Find the best way to watch with universal search results from over 190 channels and apps including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video.(subscription fees to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are separate charges).
Price range : $
Who would like this: Film lovers, filmmaking students, scriptwriting students looking to analyze plot structures
8. Gift of Movies - Netflix Gift Card + PopCorn + Plus Movie Recommendations
Here's a fun idea: Buy a Netflix gift card and wrap it with some microwave popcorn (Naturebox Caramel & White Cheddar Popcorn, Non GMO) and Provide a list of some films for your filmmaker to view. This gift will tell your filmmaker that you "get 'em!"
Price range : $$
Who would like this: Any cinema buff, film students, scriptwriting students investigation plot structures
We can recommend a whole bunch of great films (and series) for your filmmaker to enjoy. But with DVDs being hard to find and DVD players locked in a closet somewhere, streaming is the way to go. Besides, Series are only streaming or downloads making them hard to gift.
But just in case you want to print out the names of our favorites, here they are:
Hollywood has made a number of great movies (now on DVD or download available) about filmmaking, the love of movies, acting and writing. 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 creativity. Most are available to buy or rent on Amazon from the link provided. [Or give them an Apple TV or start a subscription to Netflix or IndieFlix.]
- FEUD: Bette and Joan - The series explores how the two women endured ageism and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers. Some things never change!
- Rebel in the Rye - Writer/director Danny Strong weaves J. D. Salinger's life, from his youth to the World War II era, including his romantic life into a powerful and motivational film which will move writers of all ages. J.D. Salinger: author of The Catcher in the Rye.
- 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 filmmaker 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 - Humorous 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
9. Smartphone Lavalier Mic
For great audio in film, check out this handy lavalier that plugs into a smart phone for pro sound. Although it's not wireless, it's easily hidden and make a fantastic addition for both primary and backup sound capture. Many a good film is marred by bad sound. Make sure your filmmaker's film sounds like a pro.
Price range : $
Who would like this: Directors and audiophiles who demand perfection when shooting to film.
Purchase Pop Voice Microphone from Amazon!
10. The 12 Days of Christmas Gift - 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 of Christmas."
PNC wants to reintroduce the song to the next gen. So to give any, or all, of the 12 days of Christmas gifts, each year - for more than 30 years - PNC Bank calculates the price of each item.
The total cost of 2017's 12 days of Christmas gifts is $34,558.65. That's a 0.6% increase over 2016.
Price Range: $$$$+
Happy Gift Giving!