I'm in pre-production now of my first short. Script writing and rewrites are done, I'm in the middle of storyboarding, I've got 3 of 4 characters cast. I've still got to do some hunting for locations, but I've got most in mind. I plan for production the first weekend in September, after rehearsals and whatnot. I actually turned up a friend who will act as camera op and has a low-end pro betacam (Okay, pro a few years back, but still). I'm going to shoot on that and on my own MiniDV camcorder 1) so I'll get some camera time and learning, 2) to increase my coverage, and 3) just in case the MiniDV looks better. Things are coming together on my first project and I'm really excited about it. I know as a fledgling filmmaker this will probably be a throw away, but I'm doing every thing I can to be as professional and do everything as right as I can.
So my questions.
What can I do in the way of lighting on the cheap? There are 6 locations/conditions that I'll need to light:
- Apartment Exterior - Day
- Apartment Interior - Day
- Apartment Interior - Night
- Bar Interior - Night
- City Street Exterior - Night
- Apartment Exterior - Night
Also, as regards sound, I'd like a better way of recording than using the mics on the cameras. I've got access to Shure sm57 condenser mics, and I was thinking about using my buddy's Mac Powerbook to record from one of those into Logic. Unfortunately the only Editing software I'll have available will be iMovie and I don't know how it will be synching it up. I also don't know if a vocal mic on a boom will work, or if you need something better (the mic being a bit far away from their mouths, particularly during the bar scene.
I appreciate any advice anybody can give, or even resources like books I can get for this. Thanks in advance guys.