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#1 Stephen Koogler

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 11:33 PM

Hello, I am new here and I love it! I am starting from scratch and I need everything from lighting to cameras to sound, any tips on what to get? I have a $2,000 budget and I cant go over, however I can but things on eBay ad other sites like that. so any help would be great!

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Stephen Koogler - Wagner Productions

Edited by Stephen Koogler, 07 June 2007 - 11:33 PM.

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#2 rik carter

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 07:49 PM

Are you asking about equipment purchase?

For 2 large you aren't going to be able to afford much more than a consumer video camera like the Panasonic GS500 or the JVC GZ-HD7 and a shotgun mic like the Sennheiser ME-66 or an Audio-Technica AT835b. Not much left over for lighting. though you can get a few work lights, a few clamp on lights, a paper lantern and a couple of foamcore bounce boards for not too much money.

What cameras have you been looking at?
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#3 AdamBray

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 08:18 PM

I'd go with a used GL1, a Rode Video mic, and clamp lights.
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#4 Jaime Toruno

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 02:50 AM

If you trying to buy a camera I would say with the money you have go with the PANASONIC DVX100B perhaps used and go with nature light or, and I am not a grip and don't want to be either, but I heard you can use 40w bulbs to light your scene now I haven?t try it my self, I let the DP take care of that, I just tell him what I need and the feeling I?m going for.

This is just my opinion I'm a Director/writer not a grip, Good Luck! :D

Edited by Jaime Toruno, 29 June 2007 - 02:51 AM.

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#5 Nate Downes

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 06:31 AM

Hmm, for $2000 I'd be buying this:

Panasonic GS-500
Shotgun Microphone
Light (need 2 at least)
Tripod with Fluid Head

This should get you well situated for a long while.
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#6 Mark Bonnington

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 10:41 PM

Seems the Canon HV20 is the latest craze in the ultra-ultra-low budget range. 1080 res and 24p at only $1k.
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#7 Patrick Lawrence

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:25 AM

Im in the same boat and I am going with the HV20. I can get one for about $926 even no tax or shipping. I can build a good vibrating type 35mm lens adapter for about $150 (35MM Adapter). I already have a nice set of EOS lenses and with adapters I can use just about any lense I like. Then I am going to cobble together a budget rail system like the image below. With a decent follow focus setup etc. And of course shotgun mike and basic lighting but I already have some of that from my still photography.


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#8 Nate Downes

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:31 AM

Just be careful when you edit the HV20's HDV video. It's 4:2:0 compression, which means that once you start editing it your colors can get all funky.

The best way to use the HV20 is to skip using the onboard tape and to do a direct HDMI output right to a recording device. Of course these devices are more than the budget here.
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#9 Jamie Lewis

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 11:43 AM

Canon HV20
Sub $1000 on Amazon

2 extra batteries $70
http://www.bhphotovi...ttery_Pack.html

3 Tapes $30
http://www.bhphotovi...i_DV_Video.html

Neutral Density Filter Set (ND2, ND4, ND8) $25 (Highly recommend getting them from this guy. Great and CHEAPT!)
http://cgi.ebay.com/...1QQcmdZViewItem

Smith-Victor Lighting Kit 3 lights $400
http://www.bhphotovi...g_Tungsten.html

Rode Stereo Videomic $250
http://www.bhphotovi...Mic_Camera.html

Lee Master Location Gels $45
http://www.filmtools...hting-pack.html

2 rolls of Gaffers Tape $14
http://www.filmtools...r1camtapwh.html

That leaves $165 for a cheap tripod, shipping and taxes if necessary.
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