May 26, 2015 at 9:43AM
Off to Méjico!
A couple friends and I are heading to Mexico to go shoot a surf documentary (film?) in July. We'll be in a group of 4, all in their early 20s from Brazil, and we'll be spending the month in Oaxaca (SW Mexico), where the scary Puerto Escondido wave is.
We all have had our experiences both shooting, editing and working on production for TV, but none of us has ever shot anything as “big” as this one Project, especially directing-wise.
The main subject of the doc is obviously the surfing. We'll team up with a couple pro surfers and local chargers and we'll mix some of us in between them to contextualize the story.
The other thing we'll focus on will be the travelling, which might sound cliché, but we do have some ideas on how to approach the theme. We'll look for the occasional landscape spots, road trips, local stories and eccentricities as well - that's what I'm most interested about considering it's a indigenous region, the culture is a rich subject itself.
We're also planning on doing some fishing (one of the guys is a fisherman) and a trip to Lagunas de Chacahua and Salina Cruz. Other than that, I'm sure there will be time for fun outside the shooting schedule, and am also aware of the possibility that's where I'll find the most amazing stories.
It is an independent movie so the cash is short and that’s what I’m most concerned about at the moment.
Cameras: We're thinking of taking 2 Canon 60Ds (which we already have) and all the L glass we got, some gopros, a MiniDV recorder for some artsy shots. We haven't chosen our main camera yet though, we're looking for a GH4 with the Speedbooster adapter to be able to use the glass we already have, yet get some 4k footage / 60FPS@ 1080p and even the 96fps possibility it offers.
Would this be a nice camera for on the run shooting? Mind you, the smaller the better as we don't know Mexico very well, but we wouldn't want to keep walking with a RED around the streets at night. lol
Other stuff: We've got audio (Zoom H5n + Rode VideoMic Pro + boom pole), support (Tripods, handles and a steadicam), memory cards and HDs, batteries, lighting and some filters.
I was thinking about getting a ND variable filter (Tiffen Vari ND) a shoulder rig (the 30$ one from amazon) and maybe a DIY or cheap slider to add production value and a External OVF to be able to see the what I'm shooting in bright daylight.
With budget in mind, would you consider the GH4 a good option for the doc?
Would you look for something much more expensive but that can shoot 120 or even 240fps?
Any accessories to recommend for this style of shooting?
Any tips about the place? Permits, general shooting guidelines, etc.
(We want to have legal issues by our side and not against us. Are mexican filming permits mandatory to deliver this kind of product? Has anyone ever applied for a permit in Mexico?)
Hoping to hear from you.