The options given above should be a great place to start hunting for your perfect travel companion. Here’s a good video from Ketch Rossi as he packs all his Red Epic gear to take from one country to another:
I don’t agree with many of his methods. But then again, I break my own rules from time to time, sometimes because I’m under pressure or rushed, or maybe I’m just lazy. It’s important to make good habits early in your career. Then it will seem effortless.
You could shoot on a bicycle or the bat mobile, but a production vehicle is custom made or rigged to uniquely support your work. One company specializing in custom vehicles is TV Pro Gear. I won’t go into any detail here because there’s no such thing as a perfect vehicle for all scenarios.
But there’s something close. My choice for a small crew would be the versatile van:
This isn’t new. Most production, OB/ENG vehicles are vans. Here are the advantages I have personally enjoyed with vans:
In the next and final chapter we’ll take a look at some miscellaneous stuff like teleprompters, rigs and other cool items.