It is getting to be that time of year again, so don’t wait until the last minute to pick something up for that independent filmmaker in your family. If you are looking for a few ideas check out the below for our list of 10 gift ideas for the No Budget Filmmaker in 2018.

1. Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player

Rebel Without a Crew

It might be a bit dated with references to film instead of digital but don’t let that stop you. This book will motivate any budding filmmaker to get off their butt and start shooting.

BUY NOW $15.65

2. Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Digital Camera Body Kit

Panasonic Lumix GH5

Professional photo and 4K video with variable video frame rates 4K: Max. 60fps & FHD: Max. 180fps. The Lumix is the go-to camera for many small production DOPs. Kit includes small LED light, shotgun mic, and more.

BUY NOW $1,699.00

3. PixaPro LECO500 LED Lights x2


When it comes to lighting a set, LED lights will last a long time without the need for replacement, don’t get hot, and can be color balanced for the setting

BUY NOW £360.99

4. Benro S7 Twin Leg Aluminum Video Tripod Kit

Benro S7

There are more expensive options on the market but for the price, the Benro is an excellent option for smooth movement without breaking the bank.

BUY NOW $449.00

5. Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder

Zoom H4N

Good filmmakers do not record sound directly into the camera. A decent record allows for audio adjustments during recording and will help get closer to that professional sound.

BUY NOW $219.99

6. Nady SGM-12 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

Nady SGM-12 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

The next thing beyond a recorder is a shotgun mic to plug into it. The Nady is a low-cost option for someone starting out.

BUY NOW $45.99

7. Neewer Portable 3 Sections Stretchable Boom Pole

Neewer Boom Pole

You don’t need to spend a lot of a boom pole, but if getting a shotgun mic you will probably need one.

BUY NOW $40.99

8. NEEWER 32-Inch Collapsible Round Multi Disc Light Reflector

Multi Disc Light Reflector

A disk reflector is great for bouncing light or creating shadow when outdoors and is an excellent accessory for interviews. I always bring mine on a shoot even if I don’t think I will need it.

BUY NOW $14.99

9. Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud Subscription

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

There are less expensive options on the market but when it comes to having the latest version and using software that sets standards for the industry, Premiere Pro is the best option.

BUY NOW $20.99

10. WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive

WD 4TB Hard Drive

With all the digital video footage, a computer won’t be able to hold it all. An external hard drive help. Consider getting two. One as a primary and the other as a backup.

BUY NOW $99.99