When filming a music video for amateur bands and artists, it may be difficult to find equipment. You may think because you do not have a professional camera, you are out of luck. But not to worry! There are many ways to gather resources for your video. Before spending money or renting, ask friends and family if they have equipment that you could borrow. If you are a student, you can ask your library if they have cameras and other equipment you can rent for free. I recently filmed a music video using a camera rented from the media department at IUP libraries. Obstacles with that was the time I was able to rent out the camera. I only had a week with it and some places may offer you less time. You must schedule the days you are shooting accordingly. If you only have one week with the camera, use your time wisely and make the most out of every second. You will be able to accomplish this with detailed planning. If you needed more time, you can ask the department to rent longer or schedule shoots a week later and rent again. If you do not have access to a library, you can rent from an actual store. Typing in “Video camera rentals near me” into google allows you to shop through camera stores of your choice. The difference from renting it from a library and a store would be money. The price to rent, based on the quality of your camera, could be a problem. Some stores will charge 100 dollars a day and not everyone has the money to do that. Find there cheapest rental and work with what you have. Rent for less time and once again, have strict scheduling times. If there are not any stores near you, you can order a camera online. Finding a cheap video camera for 50 dollars is easy through ‘Amazon.com’ or ‘Ebay.com’. A camera that is also very cheap with good quality is a “GoPro’. If all else fails, you can always use your iPhone and edit on your phone as well.
Do you know anyone who accomplished a beautiful production without owning equipment? How did you or someone you know aquire a cheap camera?
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