Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What's in my on set kit?

One of the first things I started to ask people is what do I need to bring on set? Now everyone is different. Some may take the minimalist approach or if your like me and you like gear... you try to have something for every situation. In my opinion the key is to have what you need on your person at the time.

So what I've done is I've put my kit together in a way so that when I arrive at set I can gear up with what I'll need and leave the other stuff at my base camp. (car, hotel room, or trailer). Since I've been doing lots of day shoots around LA I have a 12 gallon container and a small dolly to cart my stuff around. It's pretty handy and I can use the container as a make shift table if needed.

I also have found it handy to have a bag of clothes in the trunk as well. Sometimes if your working all day outside you need to bundle up at the end of the day.

It may seem like a lot of stuff (there is a lot of small stuff), but once I weed out what I need for the day I don't have that much and I can carry everything I need on me.

Pictures of some of the stuff in my On Set Kit
  • Canon 5D mark II
  • Kata R-103 Backpack
  • 2 batteries
  • 8 mm Sigma Fisheye (for HDRs)
  • 16-35mm 2.8 L
  • 24-105mm F4 IS
  • 430 EX Speedlight
  • LightSphere II
  • 6 GIG of CF cards
  • Linear polarizer
  • Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder
  • Canon wide angle lens for HV20
  • tripod- Manfrotto 3001
  • pan tilt head - Manfrotto 3030
  • Guerrilla Pod and small ball head.
  • Nodal Ninja 5
  • Small 8.5 x 11 cutting matte
  • Tool belt with pouch (Hip Pock-its w/ Belt)
  • Tape Measure
  • Pocket knife & Utility blade
  • Zip ties
  • Round stickers
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Camping water bottle holder
  • Leatherman - Wave
  • Baseball hat
  • Floppy "Camping" hat
  • Camping Chair
  • 6" metal ruler
  • Small pocket sized "reporter" notebook
  • Olympus voice recorder
  • Motorola walkabouts (sometimes we don't get crew walkies)
  • sunglasses holder (this attaches anywhere, but I put it on my belt pack)
  • Car power inverter
  • Zipper 3 ring binder (from Staples)
  • pens,highlighters,white out, glue stick, Sharpies (different colors)
  • shot sheets, manuals
  • reference info
  • aspirin, cold meds, gum, mints
  • 12 gallon Container with attached lid
  • collapsible dolly
Here are Some items that are in Zoic's on set kit that I find useful.
I'm looking to upgrade or get the following
That's it for now. I will update this post as I update my kit! Enjoy. And I look forward to hearing whats in your kit.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Wicked Circuits

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am going to have more time to kick off this sight in the new year.

But until then I wanted to share a link to a friend's company, Wicked Circuits . They have designed and manufactured a "wicked"ly cool Canon Red smart mount.

In the near future they are creating a few products help quickly shoot full range spherical HDRs when on set in rapidly changing lighting conditions.

Hopefully this will be my first product review in the new year.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hello World!

Hello Everyone,

My name is Andy Wilkoff. I have been working in the Visual Effects Industry for about 11 years now doing various things. Lately I have been starting to do more "On Set VFX supervising". And can I tell you there is a big learning curve.

Its a different world than sitting in front of your computer. There are lots of things to navigate, new lingo to learn, what to do and more importantly what NOT to do.

The main purpose of this blog is to document all the "tips and tricks" I learn along the way. I also have lots of friends that have a ton more on set experience than me. I will be interviewing them in order to learn myself and share their of the knowledge as well.

I will also break down what is in my on set kit and do equipment reviews from time to time. Because its always cool to have have a new gadget on set that makes your life easier.

And please if you have anything to add just fire me off an email.