Ideas for gifts for film students. This is a list not just for christmas but for all year round presents. I think any filmmaker would appreciate the presents I have here, I actually own all of these things see the photographic evidence. I have either bought these items for myself – or they have been highly appreciated presents given to me usually from other filmmakers.
I have stayed in the under £50 mark too and all gifts of course can be shipped via amazon for christmas or bought online immediately via a subscription. If you have any more ideas please list in the comments section below. Ok Here we go…
Probably the easiest present to get. I have written other posts on books for film students before here. The best book you could buy a film student or a newbie to filmmaking is Rebel without a Crew It is not a techy book but it is great inspiration for getting into filmmaking. The book is the journal of director Robert Rodriguez on how he made it in the film industry. It is a very encouraging book.
For aspiring cinematographers get If It’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling. Which is all about colour theory in film through lighting and design. Not many people have heard of this book so it unlikely your filmmaker in mind has it already. For screenwriters Save the Cat! This is a classic best selling book for screenwriters. All of these are great books, if the filmmaker in your life needs a gift you can’t go wrong by buying them one of these. I will bet my life on that!
Want more practical gifts for film students. How about A fully working can be used a film set Acrylic Clapboard . This one is a white dry wipe board, perfect for use in student films and indie productions. I have worked on professional sets before and they have used boards just like this. Maybe write there name in the DIR or DOP box- just a cute idea. This one is £30.
I was unsure what to get my director of photography boyfriend last christmas. This is a perfect gift idea for aspiring Cinematographers or gifts for film students interested in cameras and lighting. In fact as an aspiring director I like to read these myself, the mag has lots of detail into how films are shot, and features interviews with DOPs and Directors every month. I get the magazine delivered to the house every month without fail. In the UK it costs around £50 for the year. It is much cheaper for America (around $30) since you need not pay for international postage. You can buy a digital subscription, physical magazine copy or both. See the full price range here.
Camera Assistant Pouch
Lots of ideas here. I used a workmans pouch from B&Q during my short lived camera assistant days. If your film student in mind wishes to work on film sets in the camera department a decent camera assistant pouch will be necessary. See Cinebags AC Pouches. Any filmmaker will always need more memory cards if they own a camera getting more cards for them would be a good idea. SD cards and CF Cards (Depending on what camera they have, would be a good idea to check what camera they own first). Another idea backpacks and bags for their camera.
I love Mubi. Mubi is an online subscription site dedicated to cult, classic and world cinema. It is basically Netflix for film geeks. It would be a great gift for a film student since it ties in perfectly with their passion, every day you get a new film so that is 365 films a year as a gift. The subscription costs £40 for the year and can be given to anyone you know as a gift – see the link here.
For some reason these guys where all the rage last year. There are two in my mug cupboard. For a cheap stocking filler the lens mug could be good gift for film students you know. This one here even has a lid (unlike mine) so you can use it as a flask on film sets too.
Hope these ideas have helped you at least spark some ideas on what to get.
If you have any more ideas please share below.