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Film Competition. Is this equipment sufficient?


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#1 JD Rosensweig

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 06:42 PM

Hey all,

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:


Camera Choices:

  • Sony HVR-Z1U
  • Sony DSR-PD170
  • Sony DSR-PD150
  • Sony DSR-VX2100
ME66 shotgun microphone
Fishpole
Tripod
Lighting Choices:

  • 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.

Thanks,

JD
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#2 Scott Lovejoy

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 02:00 PM

Has this already passed? If not I have advice for you. If it has, let us know how you did and what decisions you made.
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