Dear filmmakers, 

The International Documentary Association (IDA) invites your participation in Part Two of our 2019 Tools of the Trade: Documentary Equipment Survey!
Building on the results and feedback received from Part One of the study, Part Two digs deeper into the specific equipment used for different shooting scenarios, and includes an expanded post-production section. We want to stay true to our goal of creating a comprehensive portrait of gear used by documentary filmmakers and helping all nonfiction creators select the best possible equipment for future projects.

In this survey, you’ll be asked to provide specific brands and models of:
  • cameras & support systems,
  • lenses,
  • audio gear,
  • lighting equipment,
as well as specifications of:
  • gear accessories,
  • editing computer and
  • software
used on your most recent completed or post-production-stage documentary project. 

Please answer the survey to the best of your abilities. While you can skip questions if you are unable to provide detailed answers, we highly encourage you to share this survey with someone on your team who can.

At the end of the survey, you’ll have a chance to enter into a prize drawing for GoPro HERO7 Black or DJI Osmo Action. Thank you for your participation and look for the results in the Winter 2020 issue of Documentary magazine!

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Thank you for taking this survey. The International Documentary Association (IDA), in consultation with the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University, is asking documentary film industry professionals about equipment and technology usage. We plan to share the results with the public and the documentary field. CMSI may analyze this data and publish it in future reports or journals. 

Your participation is anonymous. We do not track users or identify respondents. We expect this to take about 15 minutes. By answering, you will be helping the documentary field to track trends, opportunities and challenges.

Please check here to indicate you are over 18 years old, and you have read and understood the consent statement above.