One of the main focuses of Kroll’s blog is film equipment. Whenever a new camera or lens comes out he makes sure to give an in depth review of it’s strengths and weaknesses. This is a great benefit for all film makers, as it is important to know the equipment you’re working with. However for people who are just starting out, these reviews may not be of much use, as the cameras are far out of their (and my) price range. Luckily Kroll understands this and also offers advice on how to improve your craft without the top of the line equipment in his blog “Technique Over Gear, Or How To Continually Improve Your Craft.”
It is important for new and aspiring film makers to not get discouraged by a lack of budget. filming something on a cheaper camera may not look as sharp as you’d like, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be good, or that you shouldn’t keep trying to improve through experience. Kroll says that when he started out, he never had enough money for all of the new equipment, and while he was frustrated at the time, he’s now grateful for the limitations he had. He says that it challenged him to develop his creative skills far more than he may have otherwise.
Kroll stands by the saying, “you don’t need resources, you just need to be resourceful.” That statement is important to me, because it further reinforces my belief that it’s about your knowledge, and the passion you have for a project, rather than the budget. Being limited by one thing may mean you have to compensate with another to improve the quality, or you may have to do something you never would’ve thought of otherwise to get the shot you want. To me that is a big part of what film making is about, it is a passionate business that benefits greatly from these experiences. Rather than something like a cookie cutter experience where everything is available to you.
Kroll, N. (2017). Technique Over Gear, Or How To Continually Improve Your Craft. Noamkroll.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from http://noamkroll.com/technique-over-gear-or-how-to-continually-improve-your-craft/