I make a living by making websites, but am learning the trade of filmmaking.
I'd say spend less than $500. I'm happy with my Nikon D3300 from craigslist. I think others have it partially correct. For $500, take what you can get. I'd be using my cell phone or point and shoot cameras if I could do a manual focus. But I can't... so I had to get something to let me control the focus. The D3300 is a great starter DSLR. The money I saved on it was invested in microphone, light, sd card, and other gear. As I explained the expense to the wife: If I can't shoot shorts and a feature on this, then there's no point in spending more on gear.
Alright, you posted. I'll bite and try to give you constructive criticism. Keep in mind, I have no work of my own to show... so... there's that.
1. The early couch scene.... SOOO much blank white wall. I get the whole "not there" vibe. But for two creative people, those were baren walls.
2. During the convo, the older and younger gentleman have such different lighting on them, it feels like they're not even in the same room.
But overall... good work.
Well... I was expecting to see ideas on how to make a video about someone that is literally invisible. Like fishing line, CGI, etc. Still good to listen/watch.
I feel that with my micro budget attempts, that gathering an audience (list of emails, facebook followers, etc) is the most important piece. My goal is to get works I do in front of the most eyeballs and to be able to reach out to my audience for fundraising. For example, you could collect emails in exchange for a downloadable version of your movie. I've already watched it for free on youtube, but did you get anything from me to help with your next?
I've bookmarked for now. Not sure when/if I'll need these.
$11.25 shipping to NH business address. Not bad as long as I order more than one can.
Very excited to try this out.