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Top Holiday Gifts for the Budding Filmmaker in Your Life

With recent leaps and bounds in technology, moviemaking has never been easier. If you have someone in your life who’s always filming on their phone, encourage them to take their hobby to the next level with these ideas.

According to Story Envelope, the four stages of filmmaking are Pre-production, Production, Post-production, and Marketing/Distribution.

Check out the top holiday gifts for the budding filmmaker in your life and bring a smile to your favorite cinephile’s face. 

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Elvid 9-Section Acrylic Production Slate with Color Clapper Sticks
  • Uses Dry-Erase Markers
  • Engraved Text and Lines
  • Color Clapper Sticks
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty

Production Slate

It’s one of the most recognizable symbols of filmmaking—that clapper with the production name and scene written in. The clapping of that slate helps to sync audio in post-production, and the notes on the slate itself will keep scenes organized.

VILTROX LED On Camera Video Light, Video Conference Lighting Kit with Mini Tripod, Pocket Photo Light Bi-Color 2500-8500K Panel Lights Photography Lighting for Video Recording Photoshoot Zoom Lighting
  • 💡 【VIDEO CONFERENCE LIGHTING KIT】The lighting kit come with a mini desk tripod & 180° rotated phone holder, also has a 1/4 screw hole and a hot shoe adapter suitable for camera & camcorder. As a mini desk table fill light or backlight, it's perfect for video conferencing, video recording etc. You also can put your light on the cell phone holder to adjust the best lighting angle, make you looks best state while working or meeting.
  • 💡 【BROADCAST LIGHTING KIT】The adjustability of 10-100% brightness and 2500-8500K color temperature support offers more choices when you broadcast/live stream/game zoom lighting etc. also features with OLED display for accurate reading and convenient adjustment in real time. You can custom the setting to make yourself look on your best and energetic state for the viewers, even if already worked for a long time or at night.
  • 💡 【LIGHTS FOR ZOOM MEETING】The VILTROX RB08 video light adopts 24pcs High Quality Color Rendering Index 95+ beads and the Max. brightness illuminance is 720LM. 985Lux/0.5M (0.5M, 5600K 100% power), offer bright but soft light for many remote working, no matter at night or low light environment, and no wires so you can easily place it, like working or meeting on sofa, online class on the outside when after work, live streaming at deep night etc.
  • 💡 【PORTABLE LIGHT FOR OUTDOOR SHOOTING】The light is equipped with built-in rechargeable DC 3.7V 3000aAh lithium battery and USB charging port, continue working time is 1.2h at 5600K 100% brightness, longer if at lower power. From many worries of must charging by AC adapter and it can be charged by laptop, power bank etc, support using while charging for continuous working so that is suitable for indoor and outdoor shooting.
  • 💡 【MINI POCKET VIDEO LIGHT】108g(weight), 4.3*3.1*0.6inch(size), compact and lightweight for carrying even in pocket, it’s smaller than iphone 6, easily to carry by one hand and is a must pack item for your camera bag, very small but puts out a decent amount of light. As a multifunctional mini photography fill light, it is perfect light for video conferencing, video shooting, interview, live streaming, YouTube, studio lighting.

Compact Lighting

Before your budding auteur learns to set up elaborate lighting systems, help them start small. (Big word alert. What is an auteur? A filmmaker whose personal influence and artistic control over a movie are so great that the filmmaker is regarded as the author of the movie.)

A compact, easily portable LED lighting kit is an essential piece of filmmaking gear for beginners. Proper lighting will amp up the production value of their next movie or short video!

CADeN Camera Backpack Bag Professional for DSLR/SLR Mirrorless Camera Waterproof, Camera Case Compatible for Sony Canon Nikon Camera and Lens Tripod Accessories
  • 【Product Overview】CADeN D6 camera backpack dimensions: 11*5.5*14.2 inches/28*14*36 cm, Weight 1.74lb/0.79kg. This professional photography camera backpack fits for men/women photographers, lightweight and easy to carry.
  • 【Large Capacity】CADeN D6 camera bag fits 1 camera bodies+4 lens+flash+ipad+tripod place+other accessories. Or for DJI drone storage.
  • 【Multi-Functions】①Scratch and water proof material protects your camera from damage; ②Hidden zipper design of the front pocket, best for your daily accessories storage; ③High-elasticity mesh bag on one side for your bottle/umbrella storage, the other side of the camera bag is tripod or trekking pole place; ④Convenient handle multi carrying way; ⑤Lengthened shoulder belts are made of high elasticity, decompression memory foam, very good design for Americans.
  • 【Multi-Functions】⑥CADeN alloy zipper won't rusty within 3 years, and won't break within 5 years; ⑦One side for ipad storage with sticker fixed inside the camera bag; ⑧Inner bag paddings are made of 7-layer PE foam and PP board, protect your camera from shocking, very durable; ⑨Shoulder belts and handle that connected with camera rusksack have taken bar-tack reinforcement technology which load-bearing up to 50kg(110.2lb). Best care for your cameras, lens, flashes, tripod and other accessories.
  • 【Perfect Services】1 year warranty- Any problems within 1 year, we will offer a new one for you; 30 years factory with more than 1000 employees focused on camera bag manufacture, trustworthy for you.

Camera Bag

As your favorite filmmaker builds their arsenal of equipment, they’ll need a place to keep it safe and secure. A cushioned camera bag will keep their most important gear from getting banged up in transit and will teach them the value of taking care of their possessions.

Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphone, 3-Axis Phone Gimbal for Android and iPhone 13 12 11 PRO MAX, Stabilizer for Video Recording with Face Object Tracking, 600° Auto Rotation - Hohem iSteady Mobile Plus
  • ✈【Newly Developed 3D "Inception" Mode】 Proudly present the updated Hohem gimbal stabilizer. This stabilizer features a newly developed "inception" mode that would able to vertically rotate your phone 360° spontaneously when filming, giving you the master-like video-making experience. It is the all-in-one tool for storytellers like you.
  • ✈【Updated Sports Mode & Perfect Balance】 Updated sports mode allows you to shoot incredibly smooth shots even while going to extremes like running up & downstairs, cycling outdoors, or traveling over rugged terrain. High-performance motor realizes axis overlap & low angle shoot like a breeze. 3 axis variable speed adaptation is extremely sensitive to hand movements. With this design, Hohem gimble stabilizer transforms hard-to-watch, shaky footage into hypnotically smooth, professional footage.
  • ✈【You can also be a Professional Director】 From fast-moving action, like sports, to vlogs and interviews, to documentaries and independent features, the hohem’s design sophistication and convertibility make it a unique production tool. Aside from modes mentioned above, this tool features the basic zoom/focus control, all following/all lock/pan following/pan & tilt following modes & 3 ¼ Screw hole for accessories such as a tripod or a video light.
  • ✈【Endless Possibilities via "Hohem Gimbal" APP】 Enjoy controlling your filming tool both on your gimbal and in your iOS/Android app today! Slow-motion recording, Beauty retouching, 360°panorama, face/object tracking, time-lapse recording & panning mode changing can all be realized in your smartphone app.【NOTE: Must balance your phone manually via balancing arm before use, especially for iPhone Pro Max!】
  • ✈【"Time-lapse" & Up to 12H Running Time】 Tracking face/object and recording all motions in a stable shot for up to 12H with the updated "time-lapse" mode to create the dynamic effect, reflecting all movements of targeted objects throughout a day within seconds. Hohem iSteady Mobile+ gimbal stabilizer lasts up to 12H and can also charge your phone.

Smartphone Stabilizer

We all carry tiny cameras in our pockets these days with the ubiquity of the smartphone. For the movie lover who shoots most of their videos on their phone, gift them a handheld stabilizer to keep that camera from shaking. Many handheld smartphone stabilizers use gimbal technology to ensure smoothness and steadiness in every shot.

In The Mood For Love
  • Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung (Actors)
  • Wong Kar-wai (Director)
  • English, Chinese, Korean (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Movies

Give your young director a master class with a few classic movies by accomplished directors. Peer into the Criterion Collection for examples of films like North by Northwest and In the Mood for Love to inspire creativity. The best directors learn from those who came before them!

North By Northwest
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason (Actors)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Director) - Ernest Lehman (Writer) - Alfred Hitchcock (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

This holiday season, treat the cinephile in your life to a few gifts that will encourage their love of the craft. (What is a cin·e·phile? A person who is fond of motion pictures.)

Your amateur auteur will appreciate your interest in their hobby and use those gifts for years to come. With these top holiday gifts for the budding filmmaker in your life, you’ll inspire your recipient to create art of their own.

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