To have success when giving a film student a gift, give one that coincides with the film industry. Certain film-themed gifts, from a video camera to video editing software, can help the recipient's skills go to a whole new level. They are appropriate to give for almost any occasion and run a gamut of prices.
If the film student lives near a film museum, purchase annual passes as a gift. Museums often run special events and change up exhibits, so it will be an opportunity to go as often as possible. Buy the annual passes in the film student's name as it is often considered a donation to the museum and may be tax deductible.
Although the film student probably has a video camera, there are always new models coming out on the market. The gift of a new video camera could help the film student make better projects and shoot higher quality work. Certain video cameras come with special features that are excellent for filmmakers, so before purchasing, check that the video camera has all the attributes a film student could need.
Studio Tour Tickets
Some studios offer backstage tours which show visitors everything from sound stages to actual sets. Going on a studio tour is an opportunity for a film student to see the industry up close and possibly even see the filming of an actual movie or show. Depending on the studio, they may offer the option of going on a regular tour or going on one that gives even more insight into what happens behind the scenes. Advance tickets are required for a studio tour.
Many film students love watching DVDs and often have a large selection of them. If you know the recipient's favourite director or actor, purchase a few DVDs by that director or that star the specific actor. Another option is to give a gift token to a DVD rental service so the film student can rent DVDs often.
Combination Video Editing Software/Hardware
Giving a combination of video editing software/hardware gives a film student an option to put together the best film. By getting a hardware/software combination, it allows the film student access to editing capabilities that may only be available only in software or only in hardware. While regular video editing software is an option for almost anyone, a software/hardware combo is a good option for professional use by filmmakers.
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