So Crazy, It’s Cool: Making Your Own ‘Cinematography Cart’

Under the “crazy, it’s cool” category comes the cinematography cart, the photo and video storage room. It might be something to consider in your future shots.

Photographer and YouTuber Chris Lee, aka Pal2Tech, talks about the “cart” he created for moving around his studio, and in many ways, it provides a great (and incredibly detailed) way to organize your kits.

I know I find it hard to keep things where they need to be, especially with the competitive demands of video, 360 video, and photography all using different types of equipment. I often keep things in lockers before shooting and load bags before I go, but if you’re doing consistent work in one environment, like a studio, setting up like this makes sense.

Many of the tips fall into the “that simple, but why didn’t I think of that?” For starters, a metal cart, like the one he uses, is great for all kinds of sticky magnetic tools, like magnetic rope ties. It’s also probably a good way to not misuse your Insta360 GO 2 Action Camera (with its magnetic back) too.

Moreover, many organizational tools are simple – from C-clamps, to spring clips, to the humble cardboard box in which many electronic devices come in.

One of the most useful tips is to always keep an external monitor (like ANDYCINE Lee uses) attached to the cart so that you can move it around at any time to check focus if needed. It’s a smart way to keep a handy tool on hand and ready to use. There’s also a Zoom audio recorder with a wireless receiver already connected so you’re ready to pick up audio at a moment’s notice. There’s also a healthy supply of Anker Power Core products available in the cart, perfect for freeing you from having to be near an outlet for many USB charging-enabled peripherals. I use a lot of these myself, and it’s great to keep juice in my 360 cameras in the field, and you’ll be right at home on a mobile cart.

I can see some of this apply to photographers in the field, keeping a pelican case ready with this kind of organizational setup.

The most important tip he shares with Lee is to keep things separate and divided, or, as he puts it: “Everything has a home, but no visitors allowed.”

Check out the video for the full tour of his car, and if you have a great camper of your own, share a photo of it in the comments below.

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