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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. We have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running our 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, we will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with all of these companies, and we recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we 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


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.

Vimeo PRO


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.

Trusted cameras

Panasonic Varicam LT

The Next Generation in Digital Cinema Cameras

Boasting the same Super 35 sensor and image quality as its big brother the V35, the LT packs the same punch in a smaller-bodied design that is ideal for handheld, steadicam, jib, and gimbal work.

Panasonic gh5s

Professional Cinematic 4K DSLR

The latest in Panasonic's line of DSLRs. The GH5s is the first mirrorless installment with a full frame sensor that packs a punch. Continuing with the Dual-Native ISO and V-Log set forth by the VariCam cinema cameras, the Panasonic GH5s is a formidable participant in cinematic productions.

Canon C300 mkii

Cinema Camcorder

The Canon C-line of cinematic camcorders have changed the game in the doc/reality world by providing beautiful cinematic images with an easy to operate form factor that is ideal for running, gunning, and the one-man shooter. The C300 mkii is Canon's latest 4K cinema/camcorder hybrid and it is great at what it does.

Canon 1D X II

4K Cinematic DSLR

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.

Beloved lighting

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.

Kino Flo Select 30 LED

Versatile LED panel for In-Studio or On-Location

The Kino Flo Select LED line of light fixtures is their new soft LED fixture that takes the Kino Flo brand to the next level. With variable color temperatures and hue control, you can dial this light in to match any existing light source on your set.

Cineo Maverick

Remote Phosphor LEDs

Cineo Lighting has become known for their masterful remote phosphor LED technology that creates an even, soft, and powerful light fixture in a small package. The Maverick is a medium sized fixture in their family of lights - perfect for almost any shoot and equivalent to a 1K softlight.

Litepanels Astra 6x

Powerful but Controllable LED

Litepanels was one of the first LED companies on the scene to provide quality fixtures suitable for film and video production. Now, their Astra line of fixtures is taking the productions by storm with up to 6x the power of their original Astra. Meaning, this thing packs a punch!

Get a Grip!

Matthews 6x6 Butterfly Survival Kit

Portable Butterfly Kit

6x6 Butterflies are an amazing piece of kit great for diffusing, bouncing, or stopping down the amount of light hitting a subject. The Matthews 6x6 Butterfly Survival Kit gives you all the pieces to get started, stored inside a hard shipping case for easy transport in even a small car.

Dana Dolly Universal Hi-Hat Kit

Industry Favorite Slider-Dolly with a Twist

The Dana Dolly Universal Hi-Hat Kit is exactly what I love to see in film equipment. It has multiple uses, both as a slider and a detachable hi-hat that can be used without the dolly functionality. These are so handy to achieve great tracking shots on short/portable speedrail tracks, I recommend it to any film production.

You Can't Beat Free

Bonus Resources

A Collection of LUTS

What are LUTs? Well, LUT stands for Look Up Table, and it refers to a file that maps one color space to another. For instance, when you are shooting RAW footage or LOG footage, the image is flat to provide the greatest dynamic range available to the sensor. While this is great, the image looks odd and can be difficult to judge exposure and color properly on set. Using a LUT on your field monitor will map the RAW color space to one more closely mimicking with the final output will look like, allowing you to judge your picture on set more easily. Furthermore, LUTs are used in post production as a starting point for a color grade. It's much easier to chose a look from a catalog of LUTs and then tweak from there, as opposed to starting from scratch to create your own looks. In any case, below is a collection of LUTs for you to use on any of your projects.

Oliver Peters LUT Package

IWLTBAP LUT Collection

SmallHD Movie LUTs Collection

Film Grain

I know, I know...right? How hipster of me to include film grain. Film is dead, right? Nah-uh. Somehow the dancing specs of film emulsion still warm the hearts and eyeballs of film viewers. And by overlaying this footage of actual 35mm film grain, you can create that same warm-fuzzy on your digital films. How do they work? Well, they are essentially just footage - video files - that you place over your own footage in an editing program and switch the blending mode to something like "Add" or "Lighten" to see how it effects your image. Mess around with different blending modes to get different looks.

An example:

Cinetic Studios Film Grain

IWLTBAP 35mm Film Grain

VisionColor Grain & Light FX

I know what you need... After Effects Assets

Yes. Everyone uses templates. Even the professionals. Sometimes you need an asset created really quickly, or it's your personal project and you don't want to hire a professional to create a completely custom motion graphic. Well hot lava, this bonus is for you! I'm including some free After Effects Templates that you should check out here. These templates are from Rocket Stock - an amazing provider of high quality after effects templates and assets. Check out their site for more free assets as well as affordable paid assets.

Digital Distortion Template

Split Layer Template

Countdown Clock Template

Anime Logo Template

Text Messenger Template

Engaged Template

Social Icons Template

Animated Font

VHS Look

Circle Bursts

Shape Elements

Horror Sound FX

Knowledge is Power. Or At Least That's What My Stupid Brother Told Me.

Just for the heck of it, I am including some free books that you can download and read right now. No Kindle necessary. These are PDF format readables with plenty of pictures for you skimmers. You know who you are.

The Crowdfunding Bible

Filmmaking with an iPhone

DSLR Cinematography Guide

Launch Your Career