Art On A College Budget: Equipment Campaign For UCSB Film Students

Cheap tripod: $25. Sony 64GB SD card: $30. Light reflector: $15. The basic tools to create a short film. Individually, these items aren’t outlandishly expensive, but together, on a college budget, the costs start to add up. Then you take into account the items that actually make the film legitimate, watchable, and professional. Beginner camera: $600. Shoulder mount: $50. Sound recorder: $200.

All of the sudden, making a film doesn’t sound so affordable, or so attractive. As a college film student, when you don’t have equipment, you’re at an impasse: “do I spend the small amount of money I have on equipment, or do I buy groceries this week?”

The UCSB film program is all about film theory, but not about production. It’s an outstandingly staffed, friendly, and well-loved department—in fact, it’s one of the best film studies programs in the world. As a result, the school attracts a generation of talented and motivated young film students. However, because of the theory focus, students have limited access to production equipment. If you want to make a film, you’re going to have to make do with what you have.

A new film production student group, The Filmmaker’s Co-op at UCSB, wants to help change that. The goal is to create an equipment bank with the lighting, sound, and camera support basics that can help students take their work to the next level, creating a resource for UCSB students for years to come.

They can’t do this alone. To make this equipment bank a reality, The Filmmaker’s Co-op recently launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $2000. The campaign will go until July 31st, and every donation will go to support a future generation of Gaucho filmmakers.

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