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Author: Griffin Hammond & Nick Bodmer

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"Hey Indie Filmmakers" is a weekly podcast about DIY filmmaking, cameras and technology, hosted by documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond and tech expert Nick Bodmer.
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The VR headset that goes anywhereGriffin upgrades to the untethered Oculus Quest, a portable virtual reality headset that uses “inside-out tracking”—that is, four infrared cameras on the headset see the controllers and recognize the shape of your living room."Hey Indie Filmmakers" is brought to you by Squarespace. Try it for free, then save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain—visit squarespace.com/griffinCatch my weekly Indy News episodes on Indy Mogul—including this one about the new full-frame 6K camera, the Lumix S1H.
Would you spend $599 on a travel tripod?In 10 days, Peak Design has already raised over $5 million for their new travel tripod. Nick is one of nearly 12,000 Kickstarter backers. But would you spend nearly $289 for a small aluminum tripod? Or $479 for lightweight carbon fiber? (Final retail price will be $599.)Griffin has been testing out the Rapid Filter System by Alter—a quick way to flip an ND filter on and off your lens. Also available through Kickstarter.Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Try it for free, then save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain—visit squarespace.com/griffinPanasonic tells me they’re planning a Lumix “product announcement” this Friday, May 31 from CineGear Expo in Los Angeles—but that’s all they’re telling me. It’s 12:30p PT, probably live-streamed as these things usually are. Check Lumix social media for more details.This Thursday night, May 30, I’m running the Midnight Half Marathon—a crazy, live-streamed 13.1-mile race, with no set course. Just eight checkpoints throughout Brooklyn.
Can I make my own press pass?I attempted to hire Vistaprint to create a plastic card with my name, face, and the word PRESS on it—a press pass that I designed. But the proof was rejected as “suspicious.”A press pass is not a government-issued ID. It’s akin to a business card, something that honestly conveys what you do for a living, and something you have to make yourself if you’re a freelancer. A press pass is not the same as media credentials, which are created and granted by an event organizer. The freedom of the press extends to all U.S. citizens—anyone can do journalism.Ultimately, I was able to print my design through Custom Lanyard.So why would I want a press pass?Delta Airlines, for example, will allow media organizations to check excess-weight bags for $50, instead of the usual $150 fee. “Camera, film, video tape, lighting and sound equipment that is tendered by representatives of network or local television broadcasting companies or commercial film-making companies will be accepted as baggage at the fees noted below. Valid photo ID with company insignia is required.” (Delta Airlines)Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Try it for free, then save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain—visit squarespace.com/griffinHere’s Nick’s finished video—a very short tutorial on fixing his speaker with a vacuum.
How long should freelancers save clients' video files?If a client from six years ago emailed you, would you still have their wedding video? Nick and Griffin discuss their data retention policies for freelance clients.Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Try it for free, then save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain—visit squarespace.com/griffinWhen it comes to pricing for client work, Nick recommends watching Mike Monteiro’s F*ck You, Pay Me.After Nick expressed interest in piloting a plane, John Patrick Bishop shared his pilot video.
Solving the Audio Sample Rate MismatchNick and Griffin each solve a couple technical issues plaguing their filmmaking processes this week.Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Try it for free, then save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain—visit squarespace.com/griffin
I created these intro titles with PixelstickGriffin uses a light-painting wand called Pixelstick to create the intro sequence for his new Indy Mogul show—Cheap Thing vs. Expensive Thing.
One-Day Documentaries with Griffin HammondIndy Mogul is back! This is first episode of The Indy Mogul Podcast, hosted by Ted Sim: Today we catch up with fellow co-host Griffin Hammond about his work covering the 2016 Presidential election with Bloomberg News and the process of creating his festival darling documentary “Sriracha.” We also discuss the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking and how to film a documentary in one day.
Judge Denies My Request to Film in NYC CourtroomSwiss tourist Paolo Prosetti was arrested after crashing his drone near Times Square in New York City. When Griffin attempted to film his court case, the judge denied his request.Lots of exciting videos this week!Monday: Indy Mogul is Back!Yesterday: How to Film a Documentary in One DayYesterday: “Dumpling Queen” – short doc shot in 1 day for Indy MogulFriday, my short film about building lights premieres: “Argon”Friday is also the debut of my new show Cheap Thing vs. Expensive Thing on Indy Mogul.
Andy the cat is on Polish TVPolish news program Fakty TVN featured one my most popular YouTube videos, Andy the cat climbing our Christmas tree. It’s a lesson in investing even in silly videos—you never know which work you create will resonate and lead to interesting opportunities.Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Try it for free, then save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain—visit squarespace.com/griffin
B&H Surprised Me With a Canon EOS-R + 24 105mm!When B&H invited Griffin to an after-hours gift exchange, he wasn’t expecting to go home with a $3,400 camera kit. And he definitely wasn’t expecting Canon’s new mirrorless EOS R with 24-105mm lens!Six other YouTubers walked away with excellent prizes as well: Steve Ronin, Armando Ferreira, Thunder E/Booredatwork, Jon Reyes, Jacklyn/NothingButTech88 and Brendan Miranda.Thank you so much to Mendy Paul at B&H for inviting me! Happy holidays!Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for FilmmakersI’ve started tracking November deals for filmmakers at griffinhammond.com/november
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