by V Renée.
Getting started in documentary filmmaking is a lot like getting started in narrative filmmaking — most of the time you’re just picking up gear that is cheap and readily available to you. But, if you’re looking to find out what the pros are using, PBS’s POV, the longest-running showcase of documentary films on TV, asked working documentarians about the tools and equipment they used in their projects. Continue on to check out an infographic — a comprehensive equipment list of the cameras, lenses, microphones, and post-production software (and more) used by the pros.
Buying or renting gear is a major commitment. I know that when I first started out, I wrestled over what equipment to buy, because when you’re using every extra penny to purchase or rent, you don’t have the luxury of “trying stuff out”. So, knowing what other working filmmakers are using takes out much of the vetting process that most of us can’t afford in the beginning.
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