Casey Neistat's Guide to Filmmaking is Refreshing to Aspiring Filmmakers and Youtubers

Many people that want to get into filmmaking believe you need to attend film school to have a successful career. Many also believe that by purchasing a Red Epic Camera you will instantly become a filmmaker. Neither are true. After watching Casey Neistat's Guide to Filmmaking video, you learn that gear doesn't matter. Neistat does own expensive gear, such as the Canon 70D and the Canon 5D Mark III, however, he became a successful filmmaker and youtuber with dirt cheap equipment. 

Throughout Neistat's Guide to Filmmaking, he shows all the equipment he has used through his career. One of Neistat's most famous videos, Bike Lanes, was filmed with a Canon Powershot 300 HS. You can purchase this point and shoot for only $90.00 on Amazon. He continues to talk about all of his favorite cameras he has used over the years, and for the most part they are quite affordable. His most interesting point is the diminishing return in video cameras. Cameras ranging from $100.00-$6,000.00 start to plateau in quality right around the $600.00 mark. DSLR video compared to Point and Shoots is night and day. But comparing the most expensive DSLR compared to the cheapest one isn't what you would expect in image quality. 

The theme of the video is "Story is Everything." There is no generic formula to tell a good story. If you are able to convey a good story through video, viewers will be forgiving and won't be concerned about video quality. 


Some of Casey Neistat's Favorite Video Cameras


Canon PowerShot 300 HS

12.1MP CMOS Sensor 5x Optical Zoom 24-120mm Lens 24mm Ultra Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilizer Improved Low Light/High ISO Photos Full 1080p HD Video W/Stereo Sound Hi-Speed Burst Shooting at Up to 8.0fps Slow Motion Movie Mode Effects Include Toy Camera & Monochrome Smart AUTO Has 32 Scene Modes








Canon Power Shot S120

12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7" CMOS Sensor Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens (24-120mm) 3.0" High Resolution Touchscreen LCD Full HD 1080/60p Video

Canon EOS T6s DSLR

24.2 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor DIGIC 6 Image Processor 3.0" 1.04m-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

20.1 MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent) 2359k-Dot OLED Tru-Finder Pop-Up EVF 3.0" 1229k-Dot Multi-Angle Xtra Fine LCD Slow Motion Video at 960 fps Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC ISO 12800 and 16 fps Continuous Shooting


Here is one of our latest videos where we do a bikini shoot with the iPhone 6s. This video is proving that you don't need professional equipment to produce professional images.



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Dylon Algire's picture

It's nice to see videos like this. I am starting to get into more film/video and have been experimenting with my iPhone 6+ lately. I am amazed at how well it does when using MoviePro. Really goes to show you don't need expensive gear to be passionate.

Paulo Macedo's picture

I'm about to start filming BTS from my photography sessions (i'll film and shoot...) and this video came in a great time! My starting kit will be, my OnePlus One with 4K DCI video capabilities, my EOS 6D and my EOS 500D. Let's see what i can do..

Anonymous's picture

Awesome! Feel free to send me a link once they are done!

Paulo Macedo's picture

I sure will :)