without a scholarship unless you have the money readily available for her education, its a horrible idea for school. i graduated in 2008 when the economy tanked with 100,000 in debt. i moved to hollywood and interned while i worked a side job to pay rent. I couldn't afford to pay the loans, car payment, and rent and it has indebted me ever since. Today i work a full time job and do video work to make ends meet, and now i wish i could just do video full time but the loans keep me from full time work and affording rent. She can not have the debt, go to a community college or work for people for little or no pay and have all the time to be focused on building her career. She will have all the time to network and meet new people. I would recommend that as a better option.
there are inconsistencies in the grades in each scene, but its fixable. i like the art direction i feel the video fit the music well. the shots are a little dark, but if you were trying to achieve the "just showing one side of the face look" i felt it works, but a kicker on the left side of their faces just to bring up the exposure would look better. Think you did a really good job with the lens selection. Keep up the great work!
I would say its achievable. I would find a Rode NTG-3 mic used (they go for $500 on eBay and you can get one in great condition at that price). That mic is almost as good as the Sennheiser 416 which is the industry standard and you can use it going forward. Then get a tascam DR-40 ($150 around) for your field recorder. Will be a good starter recorder (ultimately Sound Devices would be better..but thats way over budget). A decent Rode Boompole is $150 with Aurey shock mount $40. You're at about $850 in budget at this point. Then you have the rest of the money to buy good xlr cables and a windscreen. Kopul makes good xlr cables and range from 15-25 dollars. Hope this helps!
I would go for a Manfrotto or Benro Monopod with fluid head. Both can be easily changed to different heights, and have legs to improve stability.
Thought you did a really good job with the osmo footage it looked good in central station. ive seen most of the osmo footage and it seems to have been fairly low quality compared to the GH4 so it was a really good mix there. to an extent i agree with the comment on the locked down shots to break up the tension in between some of the dialogue scenes but it didn't deter me from the story at all.
Either the GH4 or another good one is the GX8 from Panasonic. The GX8 is cheaper (under $1000 has great reviews and still can shoot 4k.This also saves you some extra money to buy lenses which are going to be more important and add to your overall costs.