I'm going to be DPing a short film in January but I'm really having a hard time deciding what to do. I want to shoot on Red, but it will be my first time, there are a few things I'm unsure about. At first I was going to get a set of Zeiss Super Speed primes (18, 25,35,50,85), then I realized that much of the film will be shot in slow motion, which will end up giving me a set of telephoto lenses basically. One scene in particular is in a bedroom where a guy will put a gun in his mouth and using some props and squibs, will blow the back of his head off (he will be facing the camera). We wanted to capture this in slow motion to really get the blood splattering on the back wall, but I'm not sure 120fps will be fast enough to capture the effect well - not to mention I won't get wide enough framing in a bedroom with a 18mm lens at 2k mode.
My two main problems are this - I intend to edit using Prores422 proxies, then reconnecting to the original R3D media for color correction at a post facility. If I end up shooting 2k for the slow-mo scenes, should I just shoot everything 2k to keep post simple (instead of switching to 4k for normal speed, and 3k for medium slo-mo? Maybe this way I can keep all my focal lengths the same and just rent a 16mm prime set.
Second issue is, what options do I have for getting slower motion for the suicide scene? Phantom is $2500/day and aside from being too expensive, I don't have any experience with it. Anyone know of an alternate solution/camera or possibly where I could find a phantom in LA for a lot cheaper for the weekend? Total project budget is maybe $5,000 at best, and the rest of the expenses are already at $3,800-$4,200.
Edited by Cody Cuellar, 23 December 2009 - 11:01 PM.