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When I was creating the treatment for Origins in late summer of 2019 I had a distinct vision for how the show would look. I wanted to make sure we had beautiful cinematography to show the audience that this was more than just a regular YouTube video but at the same time it had to still feel like it was a video that belonged on the platform. Origins is also distributed on Red Bull TV and Facebook but is first and foremost a YouTube explainer series, with candid and real moments from our characters. The way I host the show is taken directly from how I present my own YouTube videos. Very chilled "vlog style" talking directly to the camera with a wide-angle lens, not worrying too much about my surroundings but focusing more on the story I'm telling which I feel gives the sense of closeness like, I'm just having a conversation with a friend.

I always believe the story is more important than the gear you use. So many people ask me "what camera do I need to start making videos?" I always say "just use the one that is available to you, that is good enough, don't let expensive gear hold you back from telling that story." For most people, the one available is the one we have in our pocket. If all you have on you is your phone to capture the celebrational moment a freeskier lands the best trick of his carrier then that's good enough. The majority of the most viral videos of our time were not captured on big cinema cameras. Phones and smaller handheld cameras feel less intrusive and help capture those real moments. 

So with all this being said, that meant we had to have equipment that could produce 4K professional quality results but to remember we were not making a feature film. I don't want to be carrying RED camera's up to the arctic circle and spending precious time setting up the camera and lighting for it to look like a standard run of the mill TV doc and miss capturing that landscape, trick or piece of dialogue that inspired you to turn on the camera. Because in this format those moments can vanish as quickly as they appear.

 

There is two of us that shoot Origins Fraser James our DOP and myself I want us to be able to travel lightly, everything must fit into our rucksacks and we must be ready to just start recording at a moments notice. So I have made this page to share with you the equipment we are currently using to shoot Origins. It's a mixture of professional and prosumer products with affiliate links attached to most of the products if you are interested in adding any of these items to your filmmaking arsenal. I'm also always happy to discuss my experience with each item in more depth on Instagram or Twitter.

I'm a huge fan of the Sony Alpha Mirrorless line, these cameras produce incredibly 4K footage and are extremely light to carry. My main set up when we film is the Sony A7SIII with the 24-70 f2.8 G Master on a Joby 3K Pro Gorillapod and a Rode Video Mic Pro Plus shotgun mic. Fraser uses a similar setup but with the DJI Ronin-S.

In some situations, we do have the luxury of time to set up scenes for Interviews and in those cases, we loved using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras. The Canon 1DX Mark II is our go-to for photos and underwater action sequences. I also personally capturing additional B-Roll for Fraser using the DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone and the handy little DJI OSMO Pocket. I can shoot the great hyper-lapses with this little camera. I think it's highly underrated.  

Here is the full list of equipment we use whilst shooting Origins: 

(I will try to update this as frequently as possible as the show developed and we update our kit).

Sony A7SIII

Sony A7SIII

Get it from Wix

Sony A7SII

Sony A7SII

Get it on Amazon

Blackmagic PCC 6K

Blackmagic PCC 6K

Get it on Amazon

Canon 1DX Mark II

Canon 1DX Mark II

Buy on Amazon

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Get it on Amazon

DJI Osmo Pocket

DJI Osmo Pocket

Get it on Amazon

Go Pro Hero 8

Go Pro Hero 8

Get it on Amazon

Sennheiser AVX Lav Mic

Sennheiser AVX Lav Mic

Get it on Amazon

Shotgun Mic

Shotgun Mic

Joby Gorillapod 3K Pro

Joby Gorillapod 3K Pro

Get it on Joby.com

DJI Ronin-S

DJI Ronin-S

Get it on Amazon

Befree GT XPRO Tripod

Befree GT XPRO Tripod

Get it on Manfrotto

24-70mm/2.8 SonyGM

24-70mm/2.8 SonyGM

Get it on Amazon

16-35mm/4.0 Zeiss Lens

16-35mm/4.0 Zeiss Lens

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85mm/1.8 Zeiss Lens

85mm/1.8 Zeiss Lens

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EF 24-70mm F2.8 Canon

EF 24-70mm F2.8 Canon

Get it on Amazon

Lumix 12-35 mm

Lumix 12-35 mm

Get it on Amazon

Beamo LED Light

Beamo LED Light

Get it on Joby.com

PolarPro Drone Filters

PolarPro Drone Filters

Get them on Amazon

ND & Polarising Filters

ND & Polarising Filters

Get them from Manfrotto

Syrp Genie Mini II

Syrp Genie Mini II

Get it on Amazon

Apogee Voice Over Mic

Apogee Voice Over Mic

Get it on Amazon

Anker Power Bank

Anker Power Bank

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

Get it on Amazon

LaCie TB 4 Harddrive

LaCie TB 4 Harddrive

Get it on Amazon

2019 16" MacBook Pro

2019 16" MacBook Pro

Get it on Amazon

Manfrotto Chicago Bag

Manfrotto Chicago Bag

Get it on Manfrotto

Manfrotto Carry On

Manfrotto Carry On

Get it on Manfrotto