I'm participating in a 48 hour film competition in the upcoming weeks. I am not a film student, I just like cinematography and have read a few books about making a movie. I did, however, participate in a film competition a few months ago and I learned a lot from the experience. For example I learned the pains of not having good sound equipment and the downsides to using a consumer camera rather than something in the prosumer/professional range.
So in preparation for the event I've looked into a bunch of equipment rental stores and I've gathered these equipment choices as my options:
- Sony HVR-Z1U
- Sony DSR-PD170
- Sony DSR-PD150
- Sony DSR-VX2100
- Lowell 3-Light Kit
- Videssant 3 light kit
Does this equipment seem reasonable for a competition like this? Is there anything else I need to make this project a success? Should I go for HD despite the higher cost or stick with the SD cameras? With SDs the rental cost is about $350 for all of this stuff. However HD bumps it up to about $500 for everything.
Any input would be much appreciated.