Casey Neistat took a break from his typical daily vlog programming to bring to you, the viewer, his guide to filmmaking. His biggest takeaways? Gear doesn’t matter and that story is king. Casey goes through all the cameras he’s used in the past and the diminishing returns he found by buying more expensive gear. Casey also highlights examples like a recent film with a huge budget that flopped at the box office and a film costing only $218 that boasted an amazing and impactful story.

To hear Casey further expound his values about filmmaking and to learn more about getting started, check out this talk he did three years ago at the Vimeo Festival + Awards.