Since I started using my iPhone to shoot narrative films I have started researching how equipment like stabilizers and lenses have been improving. Specifically, it is the introduction of a small Barcelona, Spain company called Shoulderpod (@shoulderpod) and what they are doing with their the great equipment and the Mobile Trainers World Catalog.
Secondly, a small startup called Moment (@Moment) staffed by creative writers, shooters, editors and designers who are listening to people like myself and creating high-quality lenses and cases for all smartphones. And, as I am heading to Asia to do some training I wanted to reduce the weight of my kit – the one I recommend below weighs about 11.6 lbs or 4.6 KG! And a budget of $700 without smartphone.
Having a way to hold your smartphone, microphone, and light if necessary is important. Shoulderpod offers a series of interchangeable products that can be used (as they say) like legos to build a rig you need for a shoot.
Shoulderpod X1 Pro Rig $119.00 The X1 is their most advanced production rig for adding professional accessories to your mobile camera. A modular and expandable solution specially designed for mobile journalists and video producers
Shoulderpod S2 – R2 $39.99 This is the short plate and the connectors.
MOMENT LENS and CASE
I suggest the following
Anamorphic Lens $119.99 (when available)
As options: New Superfish Lens $89.99. New Macro Lens $89.99. I have downloaded the free Moment App.
Andover Travel Tripod and Monopod $57.95 This is a great choice as it is only 12″ long for travel by expands to 52″ as well as a monopod. It weighs 3.5 Lbs (1.5 KG)
Small Adjustable Tripod $9.00 This is ideal for tabletop shots where you need the camera close to the “ground”. You can also wrap the segmented legs around a bar for stabilizing.
1K Multimedia iRig Mic Field Stereo $79.00 This concept is new to me as it plugs directly into the lightning port on my iPhone X. It features two high-quality capsules, in an XY stereo configuration,￼ and a 24-bit A/D converter to ensure the best possible sound quality. A built-in headphone jack allows for real-time monitoring.
Movo PB 10 Lav Mic $14.95. This plugs directly into the smartphone, in my case with the Apple Lightning to headphone adapter.
LXYpro XLR-TRRS adapter Cable $11.99 to plug in my handheld mic
In my kit, I have an older Behringer XLR handheld with 2 – 4 foot cable lengths for flexibility.
Estar Shoulder bag $36.00. I modified the insert so it would sit on top of the two tripods and selfie stick I use to extend the lights higher over the camera. This only works with a tripod for a static interview.
Last but not least, I suggest a small folding reflector and a power bank. With these two and the equipment above the total would be under $700 without the iPhone X. These links go to Amazon pages and if you choose to buy please use them.