I’ve been looking into what film-making is now. I’m kind of that dinosaur that shot things on film, so film ISO, film latitude, emulsion were nothing I didn’t know about. Yet I feel out of touch in today’s film-making climate. It’s all become digital, and we no longer cut physical film. In a way it’s become a bit easier, yet with that being said shooting digital can be anything but easy. You’re dealing with resolution, different editing codec’s, file size, and let’s not forget the 24, 30 and 60 f.p.s you can shoot with. Then there is the different media you’ll need to store your files on. For example ScanDisk 32GB 95 mb/s or 128GB 170 mb/s or 32GB 80md/s are all things a filmmaker needs to know. The faster your media is the superior your image will be. Confused. We’ll let Dave McKeegan explain it to you. I find his explanation enlightening and easy to understand.
Now that that has been explained it all came down to camera, and let me tell you I researched the crap out of it to the the point of over researching it. It came down to this what do I want the camera for? I wanted something with a dual purpose. One My old DSLR was old and did not take video, but the main purpose was video. At least it was for me, and of course I could have gotten better, but I did not have the funds to go hog wild. I wanted to open an avenue where I could shoot shorts, and to some experimental stuff with the camera. Being a Nikon guy I really was leaning toward that, but I went with Canon. I know you say sacrilege, but Nikon does not have a camera that is both good with video and stills. Canon had it both. When I finally got my hands on the Canon I knew I made the right decision. It’s auto-focus is stunning, and it really is a run and gun type of camera. I got an older model the Canon EOS 80D. The 90D is out, but I got a package deal that included a Rode microphone, and also a scan disk card and a beautiful 18-135mm lens. The speed of the lens is 3.5. Not the fastest, but still good enough for what I want to do. Also I’m looking to get some better lenses, but in due time. There is still much to learn. With that I also upgrade my computer. File sizes are big when shooting video, and you’ll need processing power and a good video card. I choose a DELL. I’m familiar with them, and they never have let me down. Again money was tight, but I managed to get something that I think I can use, and in the coming months I hope to post stuff here and try to see what I can do, and of course on how it works.
Here’s an example by Lohit Mohanta. Here he shoot his lovely model Kira at 60 fps, and the video is about the auto focus. See how quick the camera can focus.
Now for my last example. Me being a film student and a film snob I know I will never get the quality of an Alexa type cinematic camera, but here is a comparison between the two, and as Gene Nagata shows in his video the 80d is not that bad, and the visuals are quite pleasing. I will push the camera a little more, but I’m not expecting Black-magic or Alexaquality images. But I need something to experiment with. I will be using DaVinci Resolve for my editing. It’s free and the color grading is pretty cool, and I intend to use it as much as I can, and see what results I get. SO let’s see how it goes, and I’ll try and put up my success, and failures up here for all to see.
So thanks for listening and I hope to see you around. The one thing I truly believe is hat through all of us we learn a bit more,, and hopefully something will move us to create something unique. Remember my belief is what Francis Coppola once sad about a “Fat farm girl from Iowa will make something that will blow cinema away”. So be that girl or boy. The technology is here.