Alright, the holidays are just around the corner, your boyfriend / girlfriend / son / daughter / friend / secret santa / or whomever is a filmmaker, or aspiring to become one, and you have to get them a gift.. but you have no idea what you can possibly get? Don’t worry, we got your back! We know filmmakers, and whether your are looking to spend a few bucks or splurge on something bigger – we got a few ideas for you.

The Starter Toolkit

For the very early beginners, preparing a simple must-have filmmaker toolkit can be just enough to get their young careers kickstarted, while making sure they are ready for any unexpected encounter along the way. Buy a duffle bag or spacious backpack and stuff it shoot back up essentials while keeping on a small budget:

Extra Large DSLR Camera Bag

$61.18

Professional Camera Cleaning Kit

$29.99

Clapper Slate Board

$15.99 $13.99

Electrical Tape

$14.79

General Toolkit

$16.99

Dry Erase Markers

$6.88

Educational

Don’t forget to include a good filmmaking book in your beginner’s package. See our review of 8 filmmaking books any filmmaker should own.

On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

$17.00 $13.17

Making Movies

$16.95 $10.99

The Filmmaker's Handbook

$35.00 $20.99

The Essentials

Getting essential equipment can be a little more pricy, but if your loved one is really serious about filmmaking, getting them one of these can really make a difference in the final quality of the film – even though you have no idea what it is – he/she will have a blast with it.

Cameras: The Elite

This is la crème de la crème of DSLR cameras. Your filmmaker giftee will worship you forever if you get them one of these.

Blackmagic

Blackmagic Design Mini

$2,995.00

Fujifilm X-H1

$1,899.00

Panasonic Lumix GH5S

$2,497.99 $1,997.99

Canon XC15

$1,999.00

Sony A7R III

$2,799.99 $2,498.00

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

$1,699.99 $1,199.99

Cameras: The Affordable

In a healthier price bracket, these cameras will do a very decent job considering the price difference. A young filmmaker will have their hands full for years with these cameras, and are a great learning curve.

Sony Alpha a6300

$798.99

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

$899.99 $649.00

Blackmagic Pocket

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K

$1,295.00

Lens Filters

Controlling shutter speeds in ever-changing lighting conditions is essential to achieve that professional look. The VND Peter McKinnon Edition has laser-etched stop indicators which precisely align two fused quartz glass elements to control the amount of light entering your lens. The controlled stop range eliminates cross-polarization and vignetting so your run-and-gun content is produced the way you intend it to be.

PolarPro Variable ND Filter- Peter McKinnon Edition

2-5 Stop Filter $249.99

6-9 Stop Filter $299.99

Gadgets For The Advanced

For the splurgers and achievers, or the ones that are already well equipped – but are looking for that extra edge; these little toys will certainly put a giant smile on your filmmaker.

Drones & GoPro

Any extreme filmmaker’s dream toys! Drones are definitely tools for the more advanced filmmakers, but can provide some of the most breathtaking shots we see in films. GoPro’s can get the more extreme shots that regular cameras can’t handle.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter Drone

$2390.00

GoPro HERO8

$399.99 $349.99

Hardwares

Any filmmaker will need an assistant, a tablet will definitely help on the set where they can easily carry all the notes, scripts and storyboards handy. A laptop can provide quick visual feedback, to review shots before moving on to the next location. A laptop can also handle some editing softwares and smaller projects, but a real editor needs to have their hands on a powerful PC that can handle large processing.

MacPro

Apple Mac Pro

$3,229.00

Macbook Pro 15in

$2,799.00 $2,349.00

iPad Pro 11in

$949.00 $799.99

For Fun / Memorabilia

Every filmmaker will be a huge film fanatic, so getting memorabilia, collection packs or even simple every day utilities will hit their creative hears.

Filmcells Star Wars Through the Ages Episodes 1-6

$149.95

BlueRay Movies

$10 – $50

Director's Chair

$109.99 $51.25

Camera Lens Coffee Mug

$13.23

Fake Oscar Statue

$9.95

Director Megaphone

$10.99