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1st feature film, low budget HD, mostly exteriors: which camera set up?


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#1 Jamesy

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 02:27 PM

We want to shoot on HD, outside (think adventure in the mountains), onto a hard drive, with a powerful G5 back at HQ for dailies/rough edit etc, with the image as 'beautiful' as possible, lots of wide angle lenses. Maneuverabilty and flexibilty essential, really experimenting with angles and loads of takes.

I'd love to hear any opinion on which cameras might be best suited to the task.

Many thanks

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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 08:34 PM

Hi,

That's an impossibly wide question. Can you state some specific inspirations, cite similar examples? Not that anyone wants you to copy someone else, but it's so hard to understand what you're after.

What's the audience, where will it be seen? One big issue with HD is that if you aren't shooting the very best systems, if you want to project it the lack of resolution can become very clear in wide landscapes. That said, if most of the frame isn't moving, HDV will do its best.

What cameras might be best suited? Well, a Viper, or an HD100, or...

Need more info!

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#3 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 09:22 PM

Sony F900 is great.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 09:43 PM

Why not a Viper or F950 going to a battery-powered SRW1 deck in the field?

Or if you need a camcorder, then I'd go for the F900.
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#5 william koon

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 01:58 AM

Sony F900 is great.

i agree with that. It is fantastic to work with this situation. No regret.
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