October 16, 2014 at 9:18AM
Would you please guys walk me through my very first production.
Hello, I'm about to complete some screenplays for short and feature film I intend to shoot myself.
However, I don't want my lack of experience on gear and production to spoil these -in a way- more personal projects, so I'm gonna start by producing a commercial for a popular annual contest as a way to push me out in the field and face real problems.
Having said that, i don't want it to look amateurish or lame, I want to do it right. I've come up with some funny material and i don't wanna spoil it with some crap performance. I'm going rental, so I need your advice with a customized gear suggestion for my production:
Some specs of my project:
Single location. Exterior. A park seat under the shade of a dome of trees that keeps the hard light of the Mediterranean city I live in effectively away. A couple sits in there and, well, talk (I'm aware it seems lame).
I want the audio to be great, so i'm considering shotgun mic and boom.
No camera movements. No handheld shots. Maybe some rack/follow focus on parts of the dialogue.
About the lenses, I don't think i will be needing zoom lenses. I'm considering a wide establishing shot, then medium and close-ups mostly.
Shall I need two primes (wide and tele) or can I make do with just a tele (or 50mm) and work on the establishing with it?
I own a nifty fifty from Canon, can I manage with just that one lens?
Will I really need some extra lighting, reflectors...? I mean, since it's under the shade of those trees I don't really know if I can benefit from reflectors. I'm shooting with the lowest f stop (guilty: I love bokeh), so I doubt if artificial light will be mandatory.
Here's a picture I've found online of the location.
And here's a shot I took yesterday, with the sun almost completely down and colored in a way I would love to apply to my video, but that I don't really recall how I came up with.
Budget: 300 euros give or take.
This is the outfit I have outlined for one day of production.
Could you tell what's missing or not needed at all?
Canon 5d mark III - 80 euros
SmallHD monitor - 60 euros
Portable reflector (?) - 2 euros
Tele lens (?) - 35 euros
Shotgun mic [rode ntg2] - 18 euros
Boom - 10 euros
Headphones - 10 euros
Windshield - 10 euros
Portable audio recorder [dr100 mkII] - 35 euros
Memory cards - 20 euros
Batteries - 10 euros
Plus wires and adaptor, of course. But I don't even want to think about that yet.
As for the tripod, I was thinking I could make do with my manfrotto for still shooting, since I have no camera movement in mind, am I wrong?