October 25, 2016 at 9:37AM, Edited October 25, 9:44AM
Narrowing down on a Cinema Camera, NFS can you help steer me in a right direction?
Freshly fresh freshman here. I've been lurking for some months. I'm honing down on a Cinema Camera based on what I feel I need as a Narrative filmmaker - following extensive research. I'm asking, Based on my "order of priority" list if you could help steer me in a promising path.
Priority meaning: The aspects of cinematography/style that I embrace the most. I'll put cameras I'm alluded to based on the aspects. This all comes with the knowledge of the importance of light, story and knowing that it's not all about the camera. I'm not new to storytelling just extremely, newborn to the technology to produce the stories I have in the means I feel fit.
In order of "Priority":
I...... A Wide Dynamic Range (ala Nikon D180, A7Si/ii,) Color, shadows is my one. I would love to see closer to what my eyes see.
2..... 10, 12, 14 Bit Color (ala Digital Bolex d16, Blackmagic Cameras) I hear the-
3..... Freedom in post is magnificent especially with color (see above)
4...... Can be used efficiently with Handheld motions- (i see problems with this, with a7s and Dslrs)
5..... Steady-Cam Capabilities
6..... Keen to wide/ultra wides lenses.
7..... Audio. I'm in love the idea and creativity of sound design and I'm learning to do my own. (ala Eraserhead, Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Aronofsky films)
7 ..... I'm not too stickler with ergonomics, heavy or light I'm willing to get it done need be.
8 ...... Not too caught up in low-light capabilities, I hear it's nice but I honestly don't know what I'm shooting it varies on what I write. Which brings me to
9. ...... Natural light, huge fan- Magic Hour shooting. I primarily wake at 5 am and get back at 6, so I'm mostly accustomed to the beauty of those time periods.
10...... I plan on going solo for some time. Narrative filmmaker, not extremely social. For smaller films I love smaller intimate casts 1-2 actors.
11..... Editing and Storage ease is helpful, but large file sizes if need be I'll work more to accommodate. I have a 13 inch Macbook Retina (2014) with FCPX.
Budget wise I'm willing to work harder/longer to play hard but I'm looking for something that if new would be 4,000 or less. (I'll likely get used) and I'm looking for something versatile that could get me a long way with Festivals, projects. Not sure about Jobs since I'm a narrative filmmaker who likes working on his own scripts. If it's a hard camera I don't mind I'm more than happy to start harder. I'm also not looking for a learning camera because they have two in my Theatre Department. I've steered away from looking into DSLRs for obvious reasons.
So yes basically I have no problem with long, strenuous hours of work and set ups. Film is all I think about all day so it's my pleasure dealing with these things. It's our craft there's no easy way around it. I've shot all of the shorts I've made with my iPhone 5C.
Thank you guys for the help.
I'll be in the comments if you have more questions for me.