ReelDeal – “CAMERA BAG” – On Location Tips & Tricks

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The Assistants Bag/Kit – What is it and what’s in it?:
Hey there Reel Dealers : )

So we’re in the colourful continent of Africa, the cradle of humanity, shooting a promotional documentary for a very worthy charity in Ethiopia (info below). We thought it’d be a great opportunity to share some on location Tips & Tricks with you.

Elliot’s going to walk you through the super awesome assistants bag that we’ve bought out to Africa to help us with our filming. The assistants bag is the maintenance kit that allows you to keep your camera in running order – using things like dust off, lens cleaning fluids and tissues to keep your camera clean and dust free. It also carries important tools such as a white balance card, note pad & shooting script. Finally, for our trip out to Africa, we bought along a few extras just in case, such as: bungies, cable ties, first aid kit, scissors, marker pens etc. The kit will generally change for each job and will vary greatly on drama/documentary.

Here are a few links that might be useful if you’re looking to purchase the equipment for one of your own:

Dust Off (Compressed Air) –

Check out this site for everything you’ll need for your Assistants bag:

All the best & hope you enjoy.

LUCIA Charity: (Life Uplifted by Change In Africa)

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  1. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 7:22 am #

    @madhammy2000 Great point, we’ll get a video on it up asap : ) Thanks for
    your comment x

  2. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    @dochiaz Good question : ) Well it’s always good to have more than you
    need, it is a particularly dusty environment but you could probably get by
    with less. Our thinking is; it’s better to have them and not need them,
    than need them and not have them! haha. Thanks for your comment : ) x

  3. VAME
    April 9, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Nice job mates and props on the HEROES shirt Ell! – VAME

  4. TheShubhkaran
    April 9, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    beware of the black mamba………..

  5. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    @TheShubhkaran haha just out of shot were several cheeky monkeys with their
    eyes on Ell’s bag! Got to keep your eyes on those guys!

  6. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    @OneBlueBox A place called “Ryders”, it’s a military supply store – they’re
    really great scarves 🙂

  7. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    @therondoshow we’re shooting a promotional documentary for a charity that
    operate in Ethiopia : ) It’s a small charity but it does some great thing –
    links in the description x

  8. madhammy2000
    April 9, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    nice one guys, good to see that your still having fun 🙂 one question, i’m
    new to outside movie making, what permits do you actually need??

  9. dochiaz
    April 9, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    Jesus, guys…that`s a lot of tissues and cleaning stuff you`ve got in
    there…are they all necessary because of the dusty (I presume) environment
    or are they there for `just in case` situations? P.S. Good luck with your
    work 🙂

  10. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    @DuskAndHerEmbrace13 the simple answer to that question is that we just put
    ourselves out there a little : ) We approached this local charity and
    offered our services for free, after several meetings it was decided that
    they would pay for us to get out to Africa to shoot the film for them. If
    you’re interested in doing something similar, just approach a charity and
    see what they say – ideally have something to show them so they know what
    you can do : ) x

  11. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    @VAME88 Thanks mate : ) Save the Cheerleader, save the world 😛 x

  12. Negative Zero Media
    April 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    what kind of movie are you guys filming in africa?

  13. SelfReferencingName
    April 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    How did you get the job for this work you’re doing in Africa? I’d be really
    interested to know how you got to where you are now. 😉 thanks, good video
    as usual!

  14. REELOnlineFilmSchool
    April 9, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    @ratao5 haha, yeah I just chucked all the stuff in there when i was done
    with it :S took me a while! haha x

  15. OneBlueBox
    April 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Where did you get the British Army Shamag?

  16. madhammy2000
    April 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    @REELOnlineFilmSchool if you do I would be honoured to have a shout out lol
    🙂 have an awesome rest of your trip 🙂 xx