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

Under the category of "so crazy, it's brilliant" comes the cinematography cart, a rolling photo-video stockroom. It might be something to consider for your future shoots.

Photographer and YouTuber Chris Lee, otherwise known as Pal2Tech, talks about the "cart" he created to wheel around his studio, and in many ways, it offers a great (and incredibly detailed) way to organize your bits of kit.

I know that I have a hard time keeping things where they need to be, especially with the competing demands of video, 360 video, and photography that all use different types of gear. I often keep things in cabinets before a shoot and load up the bags before I go, but if you do consistent work in one environment, such as a studio, then having a standing setup like this makes sense.

So many of the tips fall under the category of "so simple, but why didn't I think of that?" For starters, a metal kart, like the one he uses, is great for all sorts of magnetic stick-on tools, such as magnetic cord ties. It's probably also a good way to never misplace your Insta360 GO 2 Action Camera (with its magnetic back) as well.

Beyond this, many of the organizational tools are simple - from C-clamps, to spring clamps, to the humble cardboard box that many electronics come in.

One of the handier tips is to keep an external monitor (like the ANDYCINE Lee uses) perennially attached to the cart so that you can wheel it over at any point to check focus if needed. It's a clever way to keep a useful tool close at hand and ready to go. There's also a Zoom audio recorder with a wireless receiver already plugged in so that you're ready to capture audio at a moment's notice. There's also a healthy supply of Anker Power Core products handy in the cart, perfect for freeing you up from needing to be near an outlet for many peripherals that support USB charging. I use a lot of these myself, and it's great to keep the juice going in my 360 cameras in the field, and it would be equally at home on a mobile cart.

I can see some of this applying to photographers in the field, keeping a Pelican Case at the ready with this sort of organizational setup.

The most important tip Lee shares is to keep things separated and compartmentalized, or, as he puts it: "everything has a home, but no visitors allowed."

Check out the video for the entire walk-through of his car, and if you've got a cool cart of your own, share a photo of it in the comments below.

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Donald Schwartz's picture

The only useful thing I got out of that was the name of the cart.

Kirk Darling's picture

Studios have been using rolling carts for essential items for decades.