Ten Household Items You Can Add to Your Production Gear

Gear can be very expensive, so it’s always nice when you can save some money and find everyday household items that you can use in your productions. Here are Ten Household/regular items that I have use in my productions.

1. EGG TIMER

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$1.99 Egg Timer.

I use this Egg Timer with my Go Pro to make 360 Degree time lapses, or as I like to say Egg Lapses. Just stick one of the Go Pro’s sticky mounts onto the egg timer, click in the Go Pro, set it to time-lapse mode and start your Egg Timer. An hour latter, you’ll have a 360 degree time-lapse.

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The Egg Lapse in use in Puerto Rico.

I wrote a blog about setting up the Egg Timer here.

2. ROOFING FELT

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Roofing Felt.

If you need to black out a large area of windows, a cheap solution can be roofing felt. You can get a large roll for around $20 to $30. Although the role is heavy, the felt is actually light weight and easy to hang.

3. FOAM CORE

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Foam Core Bounce Card.

I use foam core all the time. It’s great as a bounce card, or even to flag off light. It’s cheap and it works perfect. You can usually find a 2 or 3 pack for around $10.

4. C-47’s

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C-47’s or Clothespins.

C-47’s are one of my most used pieces of production gear. You may know them as Clothespins. I was going to name my first production company C-47. They are great for clamping on  gels and diffusion to lights.

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C-47’s at work.

5. SPRING CLAMPS

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99 Cent Spring Clamp.

Going along with the C-47’s are spring clamps. I use these all the time as well.  To hang green screens, or cloth backdrops, or clamping things to C-Stands. You can get them for a buck each at your hardware store.

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I use them to help straighten my green screen, among other things.

6. MINI SCREWDRIVER SET/ EYE GLASSES REPAIR KIT

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Mini Screwdriver Set.

I carry a set of mini screwdrivers in my bag all the time. Cameras and other gear often have many small screws and you never know when you may need to tighten them. A repair screwdriver set for eye glasses works great.

7. MILK CRATE

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Plastic Milk Crate.

I use milk crates to replace Apple Boxes. A set of Apple Boxes can cost $150, a milk crate is under $5. I use them to prop things up to get the correct height. The great thing about them is when your ready to pack up your gear you can use them to carry stuff, so they can serve two purposes.

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Apple Boxes are great, but pretty expensive for just a wooden box.

8. PAINTERS POLE

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Painters Pole.

If you don’t have a boom pole, you can pick up a painters pole for around $5, or just use an old broom stick. Gaff Tape a mic clamp to the end and clamp in your boom mic. It works in a pinch.

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I’ve also used them as an extender pole for my GoPro. You just need to get creative on how you mount things to it.

9. FISHING LURE CASE

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Fishing Lure Case.

I use Plastic Fishing Lure containers to hold my adaptors. They only cost a buck or two, and you can adjust the compartment size to fit various adaptors. I also use one for all of my GoPro attachments.

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They work great for GoPro accessories.

10. WAGON

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Wagon.

My kids are older now, so they never really use their wagon anymore, but I use it to carry gear. I’ve also used it as dolly. It has big tires and is pretty smooth. The great thing is the sides come off, so you have more room for gear or cameras.

So that’s it, 10 household or regular items you can use in you production gear kit. What household items do you use in your productions? Leave a comment bellow and let us know.

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