Full-time editor and wedding videographer, part time short film/ music video director.
The cheapest you're going to get is a zhiyun crane. Any cheaper than that, and you'll need to learn how to use a glidecam or flycam.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. Not too in-your-face, but still enough to keep interest, with some decent set ups and pay offs. Supporting acting wasn't the best, but for a senior thesis project, i'm sure it's the best you had available (overall it was good, but some moments pulled me out because it didn't feel genuine). My biggest thing was audio: In the beginning parts of the short, especially at the movie store, the audio sounded really muddy/ unclear. Some pieces almost looked like there were some audio sync issues. The audio in the film fest short portion sounded much cleaner and audible than the actual short film.
Story wise, I wish there was some more establishment to what the actual goal was: the crowdfunding piece came in out of nowhere, but seemed to be the resolution to the story, as well as one guy coming in to the store, and not the store being packed out.
The second story piece I wasn't thrilled about is cutting from the short film to watch the film festival short. I get that you could see her recording stuff throughout, but throwing that short in was the one place I really just wanted to skip through. I don't know if it would have worked to incorporate the short film through the piece, or just more focus on the process, and her hard work into it, instead of just mentioning entering, and then 'you've been selected'. Again, nitpicky personal preference that may not have been possible; I would have wanted to see the theater packed out; maybe for production, actually showing the short to get people to come, and getting some genuine reactions to cut between in that moment. That way, when Sam comes in, it's a bit more justified to why he's at, or hosting a film festival with 4 attendees, and probably 2 entries, instead of a huge competition.
Overall, great job! I mean, I watched through the entire thing, so it caught my interest in the first minute (likely to find out what Junior was doing, so great set-up there) and pacing overall was a nice, slow ride, which worked for the nostalgic feel you were going for.
Or, for clips you want stabilized, you can right click, and hit nest, and Adobe will do the rest for you, so you can warp stabilize. Not saying your option isn't viable, just wanted to throw that option out there for you too.
I'm working on a 4x3 video right now, and I changed the sequence to 1440x1080; it gives me extra space on my screen for other monitors and areas, instead of taking up a bunch of extra space with black. Plus, it leaves less room for error, if the letterbox slips, or you forget to export with the right format, etc.
Gotcha. It would've been great to hear some of that, or at least be assured of it, in the post.
So, is the reason this is a non-daylight viewable, $1700 5 inch monitor, just because of OLED, or the build looks/ feels better? Did he mention/ show any scopes, peaking, etc?