Look­ing for some end-of-year gift ideas for your favorite film­mak­er (or your­self)? Here are some lit­tle things that will make life eas­i­er or more enjoy­able on-set or in pro­duc­tion or in leisure. Some of these are new, some are old clas­sics. All are super use­ful and are in my tool­box at all times.


Luxi Light Meter for smart­phones

Check expo­sure using your portable smart­phone.

Slug­line screen­writ­ing app
Write, write, write. This app stays out of your way.

X-Rite Col­or Check­er Pass­port
With the rise of tools that can detect and use a col­or chart (i.e.: DaVin­ci Resolve Lite), you should shoot one for ref­er­ence with every set­up.

8″ Vel­cro Cable Ties
Because you have cables.

Tran­scend USB 3 Card Read­er
Fast and small card read­er.

Anker USB 3 7-port Hub
Expand your USB ports, includ­ing a high-powered one for tablets.

Anker Blue­tooth Key­board for iPad
Write on the go with this super slim key­board for your tablet.

Bare-drive USB 3 dock
Easy load­ing and archiv­ing of data.

Sennheis­er HD-280 Head­phones
Great set of over-the-ear head­phones.

F&V Z96 LED Light
The clas­sic portable LED light. Don’t leave home with­out a few.

Len­mar Merid­i­an iPhone bat­tery case
This case keeps you con­nect­ed and charged all day. And night.

The Filmmaker’s Eye book
Col­or Cor­rec­tion Hand­book, 2nd ed.
Ted Hope’s Hope for Film book
Film Light­ing book
Mak­ing Doc­u­men­tary Films book
Roger Cor­man book
Any of the above books are not only use­ful, they are enjoy­able as well.

Street­Walk­er Hard­Drive Cam­era Back­pack
Not only will this back­pack hold a 17″ Mac­Book Pro (should you still have one), it can also hold the new Mac Pro tube with ease. Or, you know, a cam­era set­up.

* Dis­clo­sure: Most links above are affil­i­ate links, mean­ing I get a lit­tle perk if you buy some­thing. It costs you noth­ing.