If you’re searching for some Christmas gift ideas for the filmmaker in your life, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of gifts that any filmmaker would love to have. We have suggestions for everything from stocking stuffers under $20 up to cameras that cost a few grand. Just don’t forget, it’s the thought that counts!
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – $995
Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera is our pick for best low-budget camera this year. Coming in at just under $1K, this camera shoots 1080 HD RAW footage and is about as big as an iPhone.
DJI Phantom – $479
This flying drone makes getting breathtaking aerial shots a breeze for indie filmmakers. Just attach a GoPro to DJI Phantom and you can get footage at up to 1,300 feet.
GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition – $399
The GoPro Hero 3+ was released a few months ago and it is an amazing little image maker for under $400. The Hero 3+ has the ability to shoot in 4K at 15 fps, and can shoot slow-motion up to 120 fps at 720p.
GorillaPod Focus – $67.23
GorillaPods are amazing, ultra light-weight, flexible mini-tripods. The three multi-segmented flexible legs can be formed to grip almost any protrusion, be it a branch, doorknob, rock, or uneven surface.
A filmmakers best friend on set. A Leatherman multi-tool can be used for everything from unscrewing a quick release plate, cutting rope, or even for repairing prop glasses.
Gloves – $49.95
Gloves are essential for almost every crew member on set. If working in lighting department, Setwear’s Hot Hand Glovesall-purpose set gloves are a great choice. If working in another department, something like Arri’s new all-purpose set gloves are a solid investment.
Lens Pen – $7.95
A lens pen is an inexpensive lens cleaning tool that makes a great stocking stuffer for filmmakers. Has a cleaning tip as well as a retractable brush for getting rid of dust. A must have in any camera bag.
DSLR Shooting Field Guide – $12.50
The DSLR Movie Shooting Compact Field Guide is a great book that will help beginning filmmakers and photographer-turning-filmmakers. David Busch, the author, teaches you how to use their DSLR for making movies in simple, easy to understand terms.
Reflector – $24.95
A 5-in1 collapsible reflector is a staple of any indie filmmaker’s set. Opens to 22” and collapses to about the third of the size so it’s easy to take to set. When you don’t have the budget for lights, a reflector can add a lot of production value by illuminating your talent and separating them from the background.
That completes our gifts for filmmakers list. If you didn’t find what you were looking for, check out B&H’s Holiday Gift Guide.