"I did a one hour round trip to the nearest store that had one of these, I've been told by people smarter than me that professional sounding audio takes second only to video when putting together your gear."
"Don't settle for anything less than shielded. This is the same brand as my mics, notice you are not paying an inflated price for some "special" cable. I use it with the stereomic for awesome results."
"This is the thing that you put on the end of the boom pole, the microphone goes in through the rubber bands. Made by Rode, haven't been in the business long enough to know if its the best brand; however, it works and works well."
"Never assume you can save money by DIY'ing something that looks simple. It may be a bit pricey for something that resembles a furry sock, but trusted performance makes this worth the money. Again, I'm a walking sandwich board for Rode."
"When buying a tripod for making movies, a fluid head is essential - these enable you to easily and gracefully point the camera. When buying a budget tripod for movie making, there are two rules to follow: 1. buy manfrotto 2. buy the head separate from the tripod."
"It's expensive because it is good. But for those with thinner wallets, try Sony Vegas 10 or Adobe Premier. They're easy to learn like Windows Movie Maker, but unlike WMM, it doesn't give you hundreds of issues."
"Brand name doesnt matter, just make sure you have one. It is essential that the director has the ability to tell the joker guffawing with a group of PA's to "SHUT THE F**K UP OR I WILL THROW YOU OFF THIS SET""
"The canon 7d HDSLR has a mini HDMI port, viewing your footage can be made very simple if you have a TV featuring an HDMI input. Also if you have a very high end field monitor, in that case you would already know this stuff."