What we’re doing here

As the world has shut down due to the pandemic, there’s a greater and greater demand and need for safe ways to do video shoots. We’re compiling the information we’re learning - from colleagues, or from firsthand experience. We’ll continue to update as we learn more, and as things open up and new kinds of production become a reality. If you have thoughts, questions, or any suggestions from your own experience, please get in touch!

Also, please check out our blog here, and our guide to what we can make right now.

-Matthew Semel, Cowboy Bear Ninja

Cameras and Software for self taping

  • Robotic PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras) -  BirdDog is a popular brand Many available at B&H. Lensrentals has a large supply.
  • Mevo - Camera for livestreaming with remote control. Available for rental from Borrowlenses.
  • iPhone 11 Pro and 12 Pro  - Quickly becoming a standard for remote shoots. 
  • Filmic Pro - The standard for cinema quality acquisition on an iPhone. Getting someone to self-tape with this could be a bit of work because it’s professional software. 
  • Dropkits - A significantly more expensive option to safely get a cinema camera into an environment for interviews and self-taping. Read more about it in the Wall Street Journal.

Workflows and tools for self-taping, monitoring remotely, and remote control:


  • With in-person casting sessions a thing of the past, SAG-AFTRA has created a video for talent about how to Self-Tape Like A Pro.