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Essential Gear: Ducky Bag

When you get serious about filmmaking, you will begin to amass equipment. Cameras, filters, lights, stands, microphones, cables... the list goes on and on. There's always more stuff to burn your money enhance your productions.

Eventually you'll have a bunch of C-47s you'll need to keep track of. And I've seen all sorts of methods: clipping them to your shirt/pants, tossing them into a general odds and ends box, filling up a special container, or just getting a new bag of them with each shoot.

My method is far more refined, professional, distinguished, and effective. In fact, I think it's obviously the best method out there. But first, some history:

Back in 2005, I was at nationals with my University's swim team. We were about to enter the highest level of competition of the year, and the girls on the team wanted to encourage us. So they made us little "goody bags" with odds ends to keep our spirits up.

This was especially important for me because the video camera strap had broken, so it was hard to hold the camera.

Video Camera

Well, this goody bag turned out to be incredibly useful. After removing the teddy bear, candy, commemorative Christmas ornament, and other odds and ends, I realized the bag was the perfect size to house my C-47s. And that is why, if you ever shoot with me, you will likely see this around the set:

Ducky Bag

I highly recommend you get something similar.

It's the sign of a true professional.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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