Video and film production resources: (I've included the web addresses in case someone wanted to print this list - like any other information, please check any business out before buying).
If it makes any difference, I usually buy most of my equipment from Sunray, K5600, DTC, Production Advantage, Barbizon, B&H, Filmtools, Modern, Matthews, and Norms. I use Sunray, K5600, and DN Labs HMI units, I have recently ordered a number of Flouro units from FloLight (Prompterpeole.com), and if I was starting out in filmmaking, I would go to the Ron Dexter and Adam Wilt websites. I love my Premier Studio Dolly, and I am amazed that their new PD1 dolly hasn't caught fire in the industry, and I think the Chinese will probably put a number of American companies out of business in the next couple of years with their improved direct sales models and costs - if the US companies don't adapt. Basically, you can find similar grip & lighting units from China a lot cheaper than the US models, and you don't have to pay a "dealer" to buy the product - so they have streamlined the buying process. Anyway, if you have a link for equipment or a production resource, drop me an email and we'll include it here. Any opinions are my own, and you should investigate for yourself. I think the industry should share as much as we can...
www.az511.com/ - Traffic Conditions and Roadway Closures in AZ
Industry Resources Everywhere:
www.actorsequity.org:80/library/library.asp?cat=33 - Actors Equity study and results on smoke and fog effects, and a list of those products deemed safe to use around actors (and crew). Also, firearm safety tips and guidelines.
www.audiovideo101.com/dictionary/default.asp - Online Audio Video Dictionary
www.broadcastingcable.com/ - The business of television
www.mcai-az.org/ - MCAI Arizona Website
www.rondexter.com - The best collection of real production tips
www.adamwilt.com - Extensive article knowledge base for video and HD
www.rclabaugh.com/jokes.html - Page of Industry Jokes
www.btlnews.com - Below the Line Magazine. Funny magazine for crew people.
www.estafoundation.org/bts.htm - Behind the Scenes provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals when they are ill or injured.
home.earthlink.net/~rcutler/grip.html - Funny Online Grip Cookbook
www.camcorderinfo.com - Camera Review Page, information
www.cinematography.com/ - Cinematography website
www.colorlab.com/filmskool.html - Helpful Guide to Post from Colorlab
www.creativecow.net - Creative Industry webpage
www.digitalcinemasociety.org - Digital Cinema Society homepage
http://forums.creativecow.net - Creative Cow Website - Media Professionals Support Forum
www.crewpix.com - Crew pictures from all over. The people your mom warned you about.
www.tyzo.com/tools/holidays.html - World Public Holidays Guide
http://kropla.com/electric2.htm - World Electric Power Guide
www.extrasformovies.com - Talent/Casting resource page and links
www.fastchannel.com/creativechannel/default.asp - Thousands of commercials online
www.fdtimes.com - Film and Digital Times Magazine
www.filmbiz.com/ - Film Biz Industry Website and Contact Homepage
www.filmstew.com - Film and TV Industry homepage
www.filmmaker.com - Filmmaker resource web
www.freshdv.com - DV forum and website
www.lightlineelectronics.com - Great FAQ Section on HMI's from Harry Box - a Well Known Industry Expert.
www.worldtimeserver.com/ - Current World Time
www.geocities.com/senol_gulgonul/sun/ - World Sun Position Calculator
www.xe.com/ucc/ - World Currency Converter
www.hdforindies.com - HD for Indies homepage
www.hollywoodreporter.com/hollywoodreporter/hyperlink/prod.jsp - Hollywood Reporter Online
www.gweep.net/~prefect/pubs/iqp/node49.html - WPI Technical Theater Handbook: Shackles, Turnbuckles, and Hooks
http://lazyeyetheatre.blogspot.com - Funny and unrepentant Blog on Films and Industry stuff.
http://us.imdb.com/ - Crew credit list online
www.productionhub.com - Production Hub Online Resource
www.watchreels.com - Thousands of reels online
www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/index.shtml - Kodak's Industry Site
www.realknots.com/knots/index.htm - Not your average Knot page.
www.mandy.com/ - Mandy's International Film and TV Directory
www.intellicast.com/ - Weather Forcasts
www.filmmaker.com/dumps/ - Humorous look at student film mistakes
www.gregpak.com/filmhelp Greg Pak's Filmhelp.com
www.hidef.org - HD forum and website
www.markeemag.com Markee Magazine Online
www.moviecliches.com/ Movie Cliches List
www.redballoon.net/~snorwood/faq2.html rec.arts.movies.tech faq - Well Organized
www.filmland.com/glossary/Dictionary.html Film and Video Term Dictionary
www.netpayinc.com - Netpay Payroll Service
www.redmanmovies.com/ - Redman Movies and Stories equipment rental house in Utah
www.reduser.net - Geared towards the HD and Red HD market
www.soc.org - Society of Camera Operators online
www.24p.com - Film and 24p Production Resource
www.usrigging.thomasregister.com/olc/usrigging/ - Rigging, Wire, Rope, Tree Support Systems and Hardware
www.mistral.co.uk/42brghtn/knots/42ktmenu.html - Animated knot tying guide
www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Contrib/WorldTV/ - Worldwide TV Standards Guide
www.thespecspot.com - Spec spots online
www.sunrisesunset.com - Sunrise/Sunset/Twilight Calculator online
http://sunposition.net - Sun position Graphing on the web. Very useful. Like "suntracker" software, but free online, optional subscription is approx $20/year
www.cineshare.com - Austin production resource and film guide
www.sourcetv.com/ - National and International spots online
www.variety.com - Daily Variety Industry Magazine online
www.shootonline.com - Shoot Magazine Online
http://kropla.com/tv.htm - World Television Standards
www.videouniversity.com/tvbars2.htm - How to set Colorbars on a monitor, and the "Videouniversity" website
www.webfilmschool.com - Film industry training DVD's and Classroom
Equipment and supplies:
www.willyswidgets.com/ - Custom Camera Car, Grip, and Rigging Gear for the MP and Video Industry.
www.abclights.com - Lamps, Lightbulbs, Ballasts, etc.
www.airstar-light.com/ - Helium Lighting Blimps/Balloons
www.aiwc.com/ - American Wire Co. Mfg of Entertainment Cable
www.amlightingrepair.com - HMI Lighting Repair and Rentals
www.antari.com/ - Mfg of Fog Machines
www.antennasystems.com - Antennas, Batteries, Repeaters, Tripods
www.aerialexposures.com - Gyro Stabilized video helicopter systems sales & rental
www.arri.com/ - Arri (Arnold & Richter) Homepage
www.artistryinmotion.com/ - Custom confetti cannons and effects
www.willbell.com/navigation/astronav.htm - Software for calculating the positions of the Sun, Moon, navigational planets and stars to a consistent low precision. From the Royal Navy.
www.atm-fly-ware.com - Overhead Structural Products
www.audio-technica.com/ - Mfg microphones and sound products.
www.automaticdevices.com/ - Curtain tracks, curtains, etc.
www.backstageweb.com/catalog99.htm - Backstage Equipment Carts and Specialty Products. The best carts for the film industry.
www.barbizon.com/ - Expendables, lights, bulbs, everything.
Barbizon Arizona (Tempe) - 480-237-0470
www.barger-baglite.com/ - Versatile chimera-like light
www.btlnews.com - Below the Line production Magazine
www.bender.org - Bender Inc. - GFCI's to protect Cast & Crew around water
www.bescor.com/ - Manufacturer of camera batteries, lights, remote pan heads for small video cameras
www.bexel.com/ - Bexel Video Homepage
www.birnsandsawyer.com - Great resource
www.bhphotovideo.com - Best price I found on the Sekonic 608
www.bmlighting.com/ - Bardwell McKallister is back, good 300's
www.bogenphoto.com/ - Bogen/Manfrotto Homepage
www.boosterlighting.com - MFG of HMI's and Flouro Fixtures
www.boschframing.com/framing_ec/index.asp - Advanced aluminum frame products.
www.boxx.tv - Boxx Microwave transmitter/receiver systems
www.branament.com - Flying Rigging systems worldwide
www.broadcastrentals.com - Phoenix & San Diego Camera & Equipment Rentals, Media, etc.
www.broadcaststore.com - Geared towards editing supplies and equip.
www.bulbamerica.com - Bulbs and Lighting, Smoke machines, etc.
www.bulbs.com - Bulb resource
www.bulbtronics.com - Bulbtronics bulbs and electrical supplies
www.cambo.com/video/ - Cambo video booms - sort of like a jimmy-jib from the Netherlands
www.camerasystems.com - The World Leader In Gyro-Stabilized Camera Support and Robotic Camera Positioning Equipment
www.cameracarindustries.com - Dean Goldsmith's Camera Car Industries
www.cardelliniclamp.com/ - Great Clamps from a great grip in SF.
www.cases4less.com/ - Equipment cases
www.castlighting.com/ - Custom WYSIWYG lighting software and design
www.checkersindustrial.com - Cable Protectors and safety equip
www.cinemacycles.com - High Speed Camera Cycles and Camera Golf Carts in Scottsdale
www.cinemagadgets.com - Good price on tapes and grip gear.
www.cinematographer.com - American Cinematographer Online
www.cinebags.com/ - Cine Bags Homepage
www.cinemills.com/ - Cinemills HMI Lighting.
www.cinetech.it/ - Cinetech Dollies Eagle, Falcon, & Hawk
www.citcfx.com/ - Special FX machines of all types
www.citytheatrical.com/ - Mfg of lighting accessories and wireless dimming systems, etc.
www.claypaky.it/ - Clay Paky Lighting
www.codexdigital.com - HD Digital recording systems
www.colorkinetics.com - One of the two really big LED manufacturers.
www.commonworld.com - Outdoor Video systems Big to really Huge.
www.cool-lux.com - Cool-Lux Video Products
www.coptervision.com/ - Remote camera systems
www.creativestagelighting.com/ - MFG Stage lighting and connectors
www.crewwestinc.com - Satellite Trucks in AZ
www.dalsa.com/ - Dalsa HD cinema camera systems
www.dadco-llc.com - Dadco power distribution systems
www.danielsauvedesigns.com - Steadicam vests and accessories
www.deepsea.com/ - Deep Sea Power & Light underwater camera housings and lighting
www.dennymfg.com/ - Denny Mfg. Backdrops, Muslins, etc.
www.dnlabs.com/new_page_7.htm - DN Labs HMI's
www.draperinc.com - Large projection screens, etc.
www.dsclabs.com - Chip Charts, Greyscale, Etc.
www.dtcgrip.com - A terrific store, best Kino prices I've found.
www.doughty-engineering.co.uk - Doughty Rigging Int'l
www.dwightcrane.com - Just about everything to get big lights up high
www.egripment.com/ - Egripment Equipment Homepage
www.eclipselighting.com/ - Lighting Sales
www.edgewisemedia.com - Blank Media Products
www.empireinc.net - MFG/Distributer of Scrim, Apple Boxes, Cases, sand/shot bags etc.
www.erg-ventures.co.jp/e/ - HD Equipment supplier
www.evsonline.com - EVS Pro AV sales
www.felighting.com - Makers of Par cans, barndoors, etc.
www.filmtools.com - Online store of industry items. Best price I've found on the suntracker software and tools.
www.finaldraft.com - Final Draft Scripting Software
www.focalpress.com - Focal Press Books for the Media Industry
www.fourmanindustries.com - Custom Extension Cords
www.frezzi.com - Frezzi on Camera Lights and More
www.fujinon.com - Fuji Homepage
www.galaxyrepairservice.com/ - HMI repair and used sales, magnetic and electronic
www.gammaanddensity.com - Film and HD on-set color correction programs
www.globalmediapro.com - Global Media Pro Online store of professional media equipment.
www.gripstuff.powertap.net/ - Custom Bags, Shotbags, Magliners, etc.
www.golden-shellback.com/ - Makers of a splash-proof coating for electronic equipment
www.handsfree-transporter.com - Looks like a Segway for Steadicams - I don't know if it has back wheels...
www.highoutput.com/ - Lighting Sales
www.hi-pod.com - High Camera Monopod Tilt/Zoom Control
www.idx.tv - IDX Batteries and power systems
www.industryadvanced.com - Makers of Intellajib, illumaslate, litening rail, firefly, and other cool gadgets
www.internetapollo.com/ - Apollo custom gobos, rotators, etc
www.isaia.com - Isaia & Co Cranes, Camera stuff, etc. I believe also inventors of dolly track.
www.gamonline.com/ - GAM color filters and products homepage
www.genieind.com/ - Genie Industry standard lifts and equip.
www.go-easylighting.com/ - New Flouro fixtures and ballasts. Kino compatible.
www.handsfree-transporter.com - Steadycam Segway Rig...coooool....
www.homebuiltstabilizers.com/ - Home built rigs page. Dollies, Jibs, Steadisupports, etc. Cool.
www.icarusrigging.com/ - Rigging and flying design services.
www.imp-electronics.co.uk - IMP Video Assist systems and daylight viewable LCD monitors
www.innovision-optics.com/ - This is like the POV homepage for the industry
www.insurancewest.com - Insurance Brokers for the Entertainment Industry
www.jacksonwoodburn.com - Motion Control Heads and Camera Control systems
www.janalcase.com/ - Jan-Al Case Co. Road and specialty case
www.jemlighting.com - China Balls for the industry.
www.jensentools.com/ - Jensen Tools and Cases - Great.
www.jlfisher.com - Dollies and jibs.
www.k5600.com - Joker Light homepage
www.kennedyseng.com - Pretty good ENG video store
www.kinoflo.com - Kino Flo.
www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/ - Kokak Motion Picture Imaging Website
www.grip.com.tw - KUPO Grip Equipment from Taipei, China
www.lens-light.com - Focusable LED Flashlight
www.limelitedesign.com - HMI Ballasts sometimes used in Arri, Sunray, Altman, CMC
www.locationsound.com - Location Sound Corp. Homepage
www.lowinglight.com - Great shot bags, apple boxes
www.makohead.com - Camera Gyro Stabilization System
www.mediasupplystore.com - Great Prices on some equipment
www.fjwestcott.com - Westcott light control products (Scrimjim, etc.)
www.leefilters.com/ - Gels and supplies worldwide
www.theledlight.com - LED Replacement bulbs for low voltage lamps.
www.lightbreak.com - Breakup patterns printed on Mylar, pretty darn cool. Also, a rear-element net holder for video lenses.
www.lightningstrikes.com/ - Lightening lighting effects
www.lighttrader.com - Stage/Disco/Effects Lighting Sales and Services
www.longvalleyequip.com - Makers of Seven Jib, Lenses, etc.
www.markertek.com/ - Large supply and accessory source.
www.matthewsgrip.com/ - Matthews homepage.
www.magicgadgets.com - Dimmers, Flickerboxes, etc. Real Cool Stuff.
www.millenniumcranes.com - MCS Cranes - Like a video-camera sized techno
www.microdolly.com/ - Microdolly Homepage
www.milspecdirect.com - Custom printed Cables and Extension Cords
www.mitronic.com - German HMI Manufacturer
Modern Studio Equip - 818-764-8574 Great Car Mount Stuff. - Best customer service at a grip house I've found.
www.moverssupplies.com - Black one side/White the other Sound Blankets! (furn pads)
www.motionpicturemarine.com - Gyro Stabilized Camera System
Norms Studio Equip - 818-766-6676 Great Equipment, people. Probably the best place to buy stands and equipment you've never heard of.
www.niterider.com/ - Niterider onboard & wearable lights - good for reality TV
www.ocon.com - O'connor Engineering (Now a division of Sachtler) Camera Heads, Etc.
www.otwp.com/ - Off The Wall Manufactures lightweight, durable set pieces and backgrounds.
www.peaktrading.com/ - Aircraft Cable, Wire Rope, Slings, Fall protection, etc.
www.peclamp.com/ - Great Prices on Studio Lamps and Bulbs.
www.pelican.com/ - Pelican Case & Product Homepage
www.photoflex.com - Photoflex homepage
www.powertemp.com - Mfg of temporary power distro.
www.powergems.com - HMI Ballast Mfg.
www.premierstudioequipment.com/index.html - Dollies, Jibs, etc. Their PD-1 dolly could revolutionize the HD and small feature market.
www.proadv.com/lamps.htm - Great prices on lamps
www.productionoutlet.com - Production Outlet. Great Prices on some production supplies and equipment.
www.pro-gpi.com - camera stabilizing systems (different take on a steadicam, I think)
www.prosourcebmi.com - Worth a look when you're buying equipment
www.porta-jib.com - Lightweight Dollies and Jibs
www.protapes.com/ - Tapes. Permacel.
www.qtv.com - Teleprompters, etc.
www.rosco.com/ - Gels and Supplies Worldwide
www.rosebrand.com/ - Custom fabrics for the entertainment industry
www.safetyfiregarment.com - Fire & Safety Suits
www.samsonrope.com - MFG Braided high performance ropes
www.selador.net - Selador LED products.
www.shellywardent.com - Shelly Ward camera cars/mounts/systems for motion and still photography
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/cinemasupplies/index.html - Yahoo Store
www.sonypictures.com/studio/fgrip.html - Grip Dept at the Sony Lot
www.sonoratheatreworks.com - Sand Bags and Flag Recovers in AZ
www.strandlighting.com/ - Strand Lighting Homepage
www.sunbounce-usa.com - Bounce and Butterfly Products
www.sunray-hmi.com/ - Sunray HMI lighting homepage. Good Lights. The last affordable American HMI, in my opinion.
www.superbrightleds.com - LED's 12,24,120v white & colored
www.supertechno.com - Techno Crane Homepage
www.stagepin.com/ - Advanced Devices homepage - mfg of Bates, Group 5 stage plugs
www.tapemonster.com/ - Great place for tape
www.techniquip.com - Fiber Optic & LED Lighting
www.theragplace.com - Butterflies, Nets, etc.
www.tslight.com/ - Times Square innovative stage and architectural lighting
www.tomcatglobal.com/ - MFG Truss, Rigging equipment, etc
www.toolsforstagecraft.com/ - Tools for Stagecraft Website
www.ushio.com/ - MFG Bulbs, globes, lighting fixtures and equipment
www.telescript.com - Teleprompters, Etc.
http://tele-q.com/ - Operating telephone ringers for stage and film
www.telemetricsinc.com - Camera Remote Heads, Etc.
www.tiffen.com/ - Tiffen filters and accessories homepage
www.topbulb.com - Bulb resource
http://updatemag.tv - Update Magazine
www.videouniversity.com - Extensive website of video tools and information...the second link is a pretty comprehensive outline of the different video formats.
www.visualdepartures.com/ - Manuf. of flexfill homepage
wbsf.warnerbros.com/technical/grip.html - Grip Dept at the Warner lot
www.foxstudios.com/los_angeles/supportservices/grip.htm - Grip dept at the LA Fox lot.
www.ultralightmfgco.com/ - Mole knockoff lights
www.vitecgroupcomms.com/ - Clearcom intercoms and systems
www.warmcards.com - Video white balance cards
www.wide-screen.com/ - Sun Tracking software. If you shoot outdoors, get this.
www.wideloyal.com/ - MFG Flexlight systems and rope lights
www.miamifilm.com/usedequipment.html - Used Equip. Outlet
www.mole.com - Mole Richardson Lighting & Expendables
www.ste-man.com - Distributer of film and video products made abroad
www.tapestockonline.com - Tape Stock
www.zylight.com - Variable-color LED lights
Mike's Favorite links:
www.packagesfromhome.org- Packages for our troops, from home. Regardless where you stand on our current issues, our troops are the keystone in keeping America safe and free, and we support them.
www.9-11commission.gov - 9/11 report online free. If you live in the US, you should read this.
www.cobb.com/gyro/gyro-x-menu.html - Gyro-stabilized cars that the government classified in the '60's could solve much of today's need for more fuel efficient vehicles. If someone was to make a gyro-stabilized dolly modeled after the Russian design, no-one would ever have to lay dolly track again...
http://time.gov/timezone.cgi?Mountain/s/-7/java - The Current time in Arizona
www.packet8.net/ - My favorite invention of the 2000's so far, a VOIP phone. Anywhere you have broadband, you have a local line. Great for hotels, etc.
www.junkscience.com - One of my favorite sites
www.thebartend.com - Bartender Joke Page
http://home.howstuffworks.com - How Stuff Works - Brilliant
www.steves-digicams.com/ - Best Digital Camera Review page on the net.
www.fourmilab.ch/earthscr - Earth Screensaver made from Cloudless satellite pix. Cool when it goes from Day to night, you can see the city lights come on around the globe.
www.fourmilab.ch/skyscrsv/ - Sky Screen Saver showing you the star positions from any point on the globe.
www.gzaz.com/Javasteroids/ - Java asteroids game by Mike Hall
www.thepaperboy.com.au/welcome.html - National and International news search
www.unforgettablelanguages.com/ - Unbelievably easy way to learn languages before you travel. Cheap, too.
www.onlineconversion.com - Convert just about anything to anything else.
www.sciam.com/ - Scientific American Online
http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/ - SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
www.marssociety.org/ - The Mars society homepage
www.nsf.gov/ - National Science Foundation.
www.nasa.gov - NASA Homepage.
www.computeagainstcancer.org/ - Linking the worlds computers to aid cancer research. Like the Seti program, uses millions of computers around the world to accomplish a huge computing equation.
www.uwsa.com/uwsa-usdebt.html - USA National debt calculator. USA's national debt is growing by more than $10,000 a second, yet our politicians continue to spend on pork barrel handouts and aid to other countries. Increasing taxes has historically only lead to more spending. How much do we owe individually? Click here.
www.cagw.org - Wonder where all that tax money you "spend" to the government each check goes to? Check the Citizens Against Government Waste homepage.
http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/ - Test your internet connection speed
www.earthcam.com/ - Links to live cameras all over the globe. Where it's going.
http://grc.com/default.htm - Test your internet connection resistance to attack with "Shields Up" on this page.
http://www.cell-phone-numbers.com - Fee based service that puts an address with a cell phone number.
www.physlink.com - Physics and Astronomy online
http://web.mit.edu - MIT Website.
www.straighttalkamerica.com - what Senators should be...just looking out for the country.
www.usdoj.gov/ - US Dept. of Justice. Links to government sites for the war on terrorism.
www.fbi.gov/ - FBI Website. BOLO, baby! Be On the Look Out....
Uncommon Search Engines:
http://shape.cs.princeton.edu/search.html - 3D shape search engine. Great for finding things that match your idea.