Many of you are probably wondering if it’s possible to create nice films with a smartphone? Well, you know me, I like to think that you don’t need the fanciest gear to make good videos, what matters is the story you tell, and how you tell it!
So here are a few tools and accessories that I used to make my film Memories from Vancouver & Whistler, shot only with a mobile phone (except obviously for the last scene where we actually see the phone). But again, don’t get trapped by your gear, don’t wait until you get a specific tool to start making videos. Gear and accessories are only a way to get more creative in the filming process.
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1) DJI Osmo mobile – from $299
DJI Osmo Mobile is probably the best 3-axis gimbal system on the market. Perfect tool for smoothing out your camera movements and getting long cinematic shots. It also offers some nice features like Timelapse, panorama and ActiveTrack. A brilliant piece of technology!
2) Phone camera lenses – from $9.99
Lenses for cell phones are really useful tools. Wether you need a wider angle or some macro shots, the result is usually great and it will only cost you a few bucks. Besides, you can carry it very easily in your pocket. Here are two good options for you:
3) Selfie stick – $15.99
I actually bought one, not to shoot auto-portraits but to create some camera movements like this one.
4) Waterproof phone pouch – $9.99 (save $39)
Didn’t have the opportunity to try mine yet but for me, it is an essential accessory. It would be such a pity not to be able to shoot because you want to keep your phone safe.
5) External battery charger – $32.99
I am not going to teach you anything by telling you that battery can be a real issue when filming with your smartphone, especially when the bluetooth is on for using the OSMO Mobile. This is why an external battery bank is essential. I can only recommend this great dual USB solar battery charger for Outdoors (Rainproof, Dust-proof & Shockproof).
6) Gorilla pod/mini tripod
A gorilla pod can be very useful to create steady static shots in pretty much any situation. You can either put it on a flat surface (table or ground) or attach it to a tree for instance. Last, you can also use it a rig to get more stable handheld shots.
7) Dolly – $39.99 (save $15)
Lastly, a dolly is a great accessory for camera movements. This little tool can roll on a flat surface (table, ground…) and be set to create rectilinear, curved or circular movements. It’s really great for a close up on an object or to make your wide shots more dynamic.