Camera, Light, Projector and Sound Rental in Milwaukee & Chicago

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Archive: Jan 2016

  1. Elmo Document Camera

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    A document camera rental is an easy way to display a document, piece of art, or other item on a projector, television, or computer. This Elmo document camera can connect by VGA, HDMI or USB.

    Document cameras combined with digital projectors have replaced classic overhead projectors. You can even write on your document and see the changes on the screen in real time, all without needing to use transparencies or staring into bright lights.

    This Elmo camera is a modern, ultra-lightweight model, supporting full color. Weighing under two pounds, it’s perfect for courtrooms, classrooms, and anywhere you need to present documents. It can also function as a webcam, making it a great addition to a virtual sales meeting or collaborative Skype session.

    This Elmo rental doesn’t include a way to display your video, but can be connected to a projector, television, computer, or other device.

    Rental Prices

    $44 for 1 day
    $88 for up to 5 days
    Call or email for availability.


    Suggested accessories:

    projector & screen
    media cart
    laptop PC

  2. Five Steps to Your First Gig in Video Production

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    first-freelance-gigWorking in film and video production is a fantastic career, but a lot of the available “jobs” aren’t really jobs at all. They’re freelance gigs. Getting hired as a video production contractor takes some effort, but follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to filling your calendar and starting a successful career in freelance video production.

    1. Get a respectable picture of yourself. This means you’re dressed like a professional and not holding a drink. Ask a friend to take one for you, because selfies are not how you want to introduce yourself to future clients.

    2. List yourself in directories. You’ll want to find the websites where people go to find video production freelancers. Some of them are national, some are based around states or cities. A lot of these sites will let you post a profile for free, and some sites that charge may be worth the cost if they get you new contacts. The best way to find these sites is to pretend you’re a producer looking for your next hire. You might search for “Production Assistant Milwaukee” or “Film Grips in Chicago.” The directory sites that turn up in a search like that are probably the ones you want to be listed in. Complete your profile and use that snappy new picture of yourself.

    3. Start a page (or an entire web site) that’s about you as a professional. When you’re just starting out, it’s okay to have something small. A listing on, for example, is free and easy to update. Post production freelancers might use a site like Behance. You can mention your work or your volunteer activities, collegiate accomplishments, and anything else that might make a producer remember you and want to hire you. A page that’s all about you as a professional sends the message that you’re passionate about video production. If you want producers to find it, you might add a link to it at the bottom of your email signature. As you start to post more about yourself online, you can add links to your YouTube channel, Vimeo page, or your own dot com page, too.

    4. Meet some people that do what you want to do. Remember those directories that you listed yourself in? Who else is listed in them? Send a nice email offering free coffee, and 50% of strangers will be more than willing to meet another freelance video production professional. You might find out where they get their gigs, what mistakes they’ve made, and what they’ve learned. All for under five bucks. Since freelancers are sometimes too busy to accept new gigs, they may even send a producer your way from time to time.

    5. Meet people that hire and recommend crews for film and video production. This means getting to know the local stages and rental houses (even a small city like Milwaukee has about a dozen different companies that support film crews), and also video producers at production companies and ad agencies.  You might find these people on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through your own network. An email introduction can sometimes work, but the best way to get hired is to get yourself in front of these decision-makers.

    Be professional, be nice, and follow these tips and you’ll be filling your calendar up in no time!

    posted by Jon Kline

  3. Sony 50mm f/1.8 Lens

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    The Sony 50mm f/1.8 Lens is a prime, normal-length lens that covers full frame sensors on cameras like the Sony A7s II, and mounts on any Sony camera with an E mount. A go-to portrait lens on an APS-C body, its fast f/1.8 aperture makes it great indoors and when you want maximum control over depth of field. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery with slower shutter speeds, and the unique 7-bladed aperture design creates fantastic bokeh quality at all f-stops.

    The lens has auto and manual focus modes, and iris is controlled electronically.

    Rental Prices

    $19 for 1 day
    $38 for up to 3 days
    $57 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Sony Camera
    Filter Kit

  4. Production Assistance

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    At MKE Production Rental, we’re more than just equipment rental. We also provide production assistance for film, video, and photography shoots in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. We can connect you with specialized crew, casting services, location scouting and locations, and everything else you need to make the most from your production.

    Sometimes, production assistance means providing tables, chairs, tents, walkie talkies, and other production support. Other times, production assistance means getting help to navigate the resources available in the Milwaukee area.

    Milwaukee has multiple production studios, hundreds of freelance crew, and many competitors for audio, editing, graphics, and post-production. We’re here as your partner, helping you choose the best options for your unique project requirements. Our extensive list of crew, from directors and DPs to grips and production assistants, can get your shoot staffed quickly. Our years of experience working in Milwaukee makes us uniquely suited to assist with all your production needs.

    To us, “production assistance” means more than just getting you your equipment. We want you to be as excited as we are to shoot in Milwaukee! Contact our office to connect with a production specialist for all your production needs.

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