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#1 cvaldeslora

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 01:04 PM

Hello:

I'm part of a group working on a documentary for my university requiring on location shooting. We're using 24p Panasonic cameras. I was wondering what is standard protocol for digital on-location shooting in terms of equipment. Lighting? Reflectors? Lite steadicams?

I just need a starting off point. I'm assuming a light for each camera and a possible reflector to expose subjects in possible low light situations, and steadicam just for added stability. Any affordable solutions commonly available at rental houses you guys would recommend? Thanks.
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#2 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 06:54 PM

Hello:

I'm part of a group working on a documentary for my university requiring on location shooting. We're using 24p Panasonic cameras. I was wondering what is standard protocol for digital on-location shooting in terms of equipment. Lighting? Reflectors? Lite steadicams?

I just need a starting off point. I'm assuming a light for each camera and a possible reflector to expose subjects in possible low light situations, and steadicam just for added stability. Any affordable solutions commonly available at rental houses you guys would recommend? Thanks.


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For docos, there is no standard equipment set. I've shot with nothing more than a camera, reflector and tripod.

I'd personally say the only absolute pieces of gear are the camera and the tripod. Everything else depends on the subject matter and your plans for the doco. You don't need a ton of gear to make a good picture.

If you know you're going to be shooting in low or no light situation, or in areas where the existing lighting is unsuitable, then plan on lighting kit accordingly. The size will vary according to what and where you're shooting. It may simply be a reflector to handle contrast and fill in outdoor interviews, or it may be a 3-light kit for simple in-door interviews.

A steadicam is a specialised tool and the need for it will be determined by the subject matter and the shooting style you plan on. If you have one available, you can always plan it into certain shots, but there are others on this board who will be able to advise better on using it as a general shooting platform.

So the short answer would be no, there is no standard protocol, it is all shaped by the demands of the project.

Edited by Daniel Sheehy, 29 October 2007 - 06:55 PM.

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