The tools you need to succeed at every level
Welcome to the Cinema Summit resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your business. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running my business (or were crucial to developing CS to where it is today).
Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Adobe Creative Cloud
#1 FOR POST PRODUCTION
We have been using the Adobe Creative Cloud since it started, and the individual software before that.
Premiere has been my preferred editing system since 2006, despite the industry affinity to Avid and FCP.
With After Effects, Photoshop, and everything else that comes along with it, you will be set for most projects that come your way.
Adobe offers many free training options, plus takes care to update their software regularly with new amazing features rolled out every year.
#1 FOR VIDEO HOSTING/COLLABORATION
Vimeo Pro is a big part of our business. We use it for hosting private videos and we utilize the new collaboration and review pages with clients when sending them different versions of projects to review.
We highly recommend it for companies doing a lot of collaboration, or companies that want a professional hosting platform for their videos.
Canon 1D X II
The Canon 1D X is our preferred camera for smaller shoots where we want to be agile and have a small footprint. The camera shoots 4K internally and uses standard Canon mount lenses.
Hive Wasp 100-C
Full Spectrum LED Light
The Hive Wasp 100-C is a full spectrum LED - meaning it can create a full range of colors at any saturation level. This along with its compatibility with many professional accessories makes it a top pick.