« on: May 28, 2013, 12:31:18 PM »
I know you had a lot of questions and a lot of them have been answered, but one thing stuck out to me, the Dynamic Perception dolly. I have to say, if you are going to be shooting your first production and want to use the Stage Zero in addition to everything else, DO NOT do that, the Stage Zero can be very confusing if you aren't experienced with it and the last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of time fumbling around with that thing. If you are set on using it, make sure you experiment with it a good bit before you try to use it professionally, but if you do get it down it's pretty easy to set it and forget it, just don't take it out if it's your first time using it.
You should be fine transitioning from stills to motion, the rules of composition and lighting stay the same you are just ALWAYS recording instead of there just being a frame here and there. It sounds like you are good in terms of gear, just make sure you get the proper stability gear (tripod, rig, slider, etc.).
Couple of other things:
Rhino Slider - This is a must (or some kind of slider), slider shots add a TON of professionalism to your videos.
Matte Box - I would say this isn't really necessary, I have $30k+ in gear and in the hundreds of shoots I've done in the past few years I've never thought "man I really wish I had a matte box."
Atomos Ninja - This is probably the least necessary of everything on the list, using an external recorder with the 5D3 does nothing for image quality, it just gives you a more edit-friendly format. You should be able to edit the IPB H.264 files natively no problem with a halfway fast computer. Or you can shoot ALL-I for an internal "edit-friendly" format.
Kessler crane - Great product, but I think it may be overkill for you. Make sure you really want to continue with video before you buy gear like that. Also, this is something that would require an extra crew member on shoots, keep in mind it's tough to set up, use, and break down all this gear by yourself.
Zacuto EVF I love this thing, it has peaking, zebra stripes, and lots of other cool features, I noticed my footage was consistently in focus more when I used this over my monitors. Regardless of whether you choose an EVF or monitor, you NEED something external to monitor on, don't try to use the screen on the back, that's asking for trouble. The LCD is so small that it makes everything look better than it really does, I can't tell you how many times I've seen people "think they had the shoot," only to pull it up on a big screen and it looks like crap.
I would say most important stuff would be:
Good tripod with fluid head
Couple of articulating arms
I think you're good on audio and don't need anything more than that.