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#1 Ramone Menon

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:01 PM

I'm prepping to shoot a film in the "found footage" genre much like Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, The Last Exorcism and (REC). I was wondering if anyone has any advice and tips on which camera to use in order to shoot the project as it is also an Ultra Low Budget project.

I am currently experimenting with the Canon 5D Mark II and the Panasonic HVX-200 but I am also looking for more options in order to facilitate the low lighting conditions of the project. I am looking to light the project with mainly practicals and a few kickers here and there.

All help, opinions and suggestions in regards to this topic are welcome. Thanks in advance.
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:13 PM

I'd say it mostly depends on what you want to make it look like it was shot on... Blair witch went with what was "home movie" cameras back in the day, and Cloverfield went for a look like it was also on a "HDV" camera, as camera phones weren't that big (for video) then. You could shoot the whole thing on an iPhone if that was the aesthetic you wanted to go with. I suppose the first question is, in the script, what are the characters shooting with?
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#3 Ramone Menon

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:23 PM

The time period of the film is around 2005 - 2006 and the character in the film is supposed to be making the film on a consumer camera or "prosumer" camera.
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:41 PM

Alright; starting with that, I probably wouldn't go with vDSLR as it shallow DoF look doesn't quit square with prosumer cameras. I'd look into something like the EX1/EX3 as a starting point-- but that's just me.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:33 PM

Thanks. Good point on the shallow DOF. Anyone else got any thoughts?
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#6 Lee Tamer

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:06 PM

I agree with the EX1. The Canon GL2 was really popular with student film makers then
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#7 Chris Keth

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:40 PM

Get yourself a DVX. It fits the look and is pretty good in low light.
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