We've acquired camera, lenses, shoulder rig (still missing a few parts). We're going to be making a couple of short films then a feature. We're just debating on focusing, a lot. Most issues we've thought of have been ironed out but we keep coming back to focusing.
I guess we're looking for reasonable options to go with.
In the case of shoulder rig shots, our option is for camera operator to also do focus, or have we have to use an AC, in which case we're wondering: will we have to use 2 field monitors for this job? Because as soon as you connect one monitor you lose the camera LCD. It might be hard for both AC and Operator to use the same monitor? But if we need two, man, that's expensive.
How is this usually done on films? Whether they use film or digital. I'm guessing for film, and cameras like Red, the operator can use the viewfinder and then there's one monitor for the AC?
Then there's steadicam shots, do a steadicam operator ever do focusing himself? Or is it the same here, need a monitor for the AC and for steadicam the focusing needs to be remote operated? But I think we can rule out remote operated focus, the systems I've found are too expensive. That narrows steadicam shots down to using deep depth of field I guess?
Could use some advice here, thanks.
Edited by sven rahsen, 14 February 2011 - 06:13 PM.