Posted 27 December 2005 - 12:03 PM
I'm looking for some feed back on an upcoming documentary project. I'll be traveling to Bhutan (asia) to shoot a cultural doc. For once with a decent budget, (around 400k). I'll be gone for a number of months so need a tried and true package and format. The producers are talking about DVHD, but that seems limiting if the goal is for big screen projection. I sure would like them to buy me a new vari cam. If anyone had thoughts or suggestions that would be great. Also any thoughts buying vs. renting, how many shooting days till buying makes sense. What formats are people using for theatric released docs.
Posted 27 December 2005 - 12:22 PM
Posted 27 December 2005 - 02:29 PM
The varicams are quite beautiful as well. along with the cinealtas from sony. Basicly if you get a 50k-100k package, you are going to get your moneys worth.
But consider other factors. Post production requirements? With varicam or cinealta you need a costly HD deck to playback. with the Grass Valley rev-disk readers are about 300 bucks. keep that in mind.
as for owning versus renting, that all depends on a few things. First choose a camera that you want to shoot with. Find the best rate you can rent it at (varicams go for about 1000 a day, you can probably get it for under 2000 a week with as long as you will need it.)
Also factor in rental insurance. This can get quite costly and price depends on the underwriter and the logistics of the shoot. If this total for rental totals more than 75% of the purchase price, I would outright buy it. Just keep in mind buying a camera doesnt make it free. Just like a car it needs to be serviced, and if your doing big dollar docs you will need your cam running top notch every day of the year, so add at least 200-500 in regular service. (this figure can grow if something major were to break, that just represents general maintenence.)
Posted 27 December 2005 - 04:11 PM
These numbers are very broad and may vary wildly depending on the gear you want in the package and the deals you can find.
Posted 27 December 2005 - 04:57 PM
In This World (Michael Winterbottom, shot by Marcel Zyskind, a fiction film shot in documentary style with a good commentary on the DVD about how it was done)
Mondovino (again with a very helpful DVD commentary track)
Personally, if I had the chance to do a film in Bhutan, I would think very carefully about using super 16, although I realize that very few people making documentary films are using it.