Film or digital?
This is the first question that arises in many heads of the first time filmmakers. Many movie enthusiasts are grasping their heads, moaning in pain: “on what camera to shoot my movie?” And many of those people are rushing for really bold and one sided decisions like which camcorders has more pixels and higher price? HDV or AVCHD? And the similar bullshit.
We will give you a definite answer—shoot on the film. The film was always a better choice and it is still probably is the best. Independent movie maker doesn’t automatically mean a digital movie maker. Another question here is how large is your movie budget?
Of course, you cannot afford a 35mm film for your first time feature movie; you even cannot afford a proper 16mm variant, because it is still too expensive to buy a film stock and to digitize it in film laboratory. Unless, of course if you father is not a Miramax producer.
As you can see the film is definitely the professional variant and the most expensive for the first time filmmakers. Here is the only cheap alternative for you—the rapidly growing digital segment.
About digital decisions.
Don’t rush to buy a camcorder for 2000-4000$ and don’t you think that you will shoot on it most of your movies—it will not happen and it’s even doesn’t worth of it. But, if you like to work with digital toys for that amount of money you had better to rent a Red One camera Pack for 2 days or a professional 16mm Bolex movie camera which will be even much better than Red One and shoot on a film!
In a movie making business renting is the best and the only reasonable variant! For example, advantages of Red One camera are its affordability and reliability, but the cheap price is always hiding something behind its value. Red One still looks “vidoeish” and you should to put a great effort to make it look closely to 35mm. But in the end of the road you will ask yourself:
[blockquote_message]did that really worth of the spent money?[/blockquote_message]
Forget about buying, move out for movie rentals. First of all, movie equipment is too expensive and it changes its specifications constantly, especially the digital segment. Don’t punish yourself and don’t blow your budget buying those expensive camcorders for wedding which will end up in your cellar. Better rent them from those idiots who bought them for their own money.
The Movie Camera – Movie Equipment
The movie camera is a type of photographic camera which takes a rapid sequence of photographs on strips of film which was very popular for private use in the last century until its successor, the video camera, replaced it. Many of these cameras today have become collectors items and there is a small but well organized group of fans of these devices who still use and maintain these cameras as hobby or a special interest, even if they went out of productions a long time ago.
For professional purposes however, movie cameras are used and produced today, especially for the production of full feature movies. In contrast to a still camera, which captures a single snapshot at a time, the movie camera takes a series of images; “frame”. This is accomplished through an intermittent mechanism. The frames are later played back in a movie projector at a specific speed, called the “frame rate” (number of frames per second). While viewing, a person’s eyes and brain merge the separate pictures together to create the illusion of motion