Am I Crazy? SD just fine for now.
Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:26 AM
So, 2 years ago started really using my DVX100B, purchased the Letus 35MM adapter and currently rent primes from my local rental house. Put the camera through its paces and have read everything about Cinematography I can get my hands on and of course, tried to learn from the masters (Gordon Willis) as much as I can on my own. Now, all my colleagues are telling me I'm behind the times and if I don't get an HVX and go HD I won't get any work. I don't buy it. I've seen some of their HD work, poor lighting, horrible casting, no real concept, weak sound, but damn, it sure does have great resolution!
The ONLY reason I can see for me to even consider "switching" would be the possibility of a theatrical release, in which case I would hope to shoot on film anyway (with a great DP).
I'm shooting an independent feature this fall and plan on using the camera and lenses that I know and love (and have spent so much time learning to use). Anyone have a thought on this? Am I crazy, naive, ignorant, or just stubborn?
Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:36 AM
Am I crazy, naive, ignorant, or just stubborn?
Yes, probably. But if you have a creative reason to stick to SD, then do it. If you are just being cheap or lazy...
Otherwise, recognize that there are a lot of HD channels now looking for content that you are basically not going to make a sale to.
It's just a business decision -- most people making features make back their money piecemeal, so they avoid shooting in formats that limit their sales overseas or for different TV channels, etc. For example, don't shoot 30P 4x3 SD if you have hopes of selling it to 50i countries that mainly transmit 16x9.
Sure there is crappy HD-shot stuff out there, but I'm not sure why that is relevant. You wouldn't want to shoot crappy HD anyway -- you seem to be making a false choice, i.e. I can shoot good SD or bad HD. Why is that the only choice?
If you are shooting a documentary, it matters a bit less because content is king in a documentary, but again, you may sell it to a few more places if it is in HD. And if you are shooting for a local SD channel, then SD is fine. You just have to know your market - there are still a number that only need SD. And really high-end 16x9 SD, like from a Digital Betacam, would probably convert to HD just fine.
This is the whole problem with owning digital equipment these days, you have a harder time jumping to new gear because you feel the need to keep using what you have.
Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:54 AM
When it gets down to making a movie, I personally think that you must choose the camera which best compliments the story; as David puts it, a creative reason for SD, but also one for HD, and then once you choose HD which HD camera (HVX/HPX/EX1/F900 etc....)
You mention your friends have shot HD; do they own the camera? If so, why not just borrow theirs? or work it out in trade; I'll let you borrow my letus if you let me pilfer the HVX
Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:00 PM
But if this really is a personal lark with your friends, or an experimental movie ala Lynch's "Inland Empire", or you literally have no money to make it on, then it matters less what format you shoot it on.
Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:01 PM
Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:04 PM
Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:34 PM
The main problem is framing 16x9 and keeping everything in 4x3 Title/ Action Safe.. sad really.. we have this beautifully enticing 16x9 canvas and have to scrunch everything in the middle for all the 4x3 TVs On top of that FCP does not have a 4x3 overlay to use when in a 16x9 sequence You have to make your own overlay
Been there... done that