This May, I will be going to Ghana, Africa. I will be shooting some footage and interviews in remote villages. If you were me, what would be a good package to put together for this trip? We are a non-profit and the idea is to see this equipment be used for other projects as well. This will need to be a small but effective set-up. I am a one man show.
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P2 or something else? What about storage/back-up? Power inverters? Lighting/bounce kits? Microphones? Tripods? Cases? Since I am the only production person, should I pre-ship or travel with the gear?
I bought a Sony HVR-Z7U for a similar trip because it shot to both tape and CF cards. I shot DVCam for that project but it also shoots HDV which may not be your format of choice. I traveled with my Z7U and its accessories, two 970 batteries, Sennheiser ME66 and pistol grip, one Tram lav--all in a Strut bag. Ahead of time, I contacted fixers and production companies in the city I was arriving at who arranged for tripod and light-kit rental and also provided some additional services like getting permits and collecting and sending wild sound to me after I got back.
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