March 4, 2015 at 9:08AM


Making (Digital Cinema) Feature Film

I have planned to make a feature film in an Indian regional language. It will be a very low budget however technically and cinematographic no compromising movie. I will prefer shoot the movie mostly on the natural locations and with most natural light using minimum lighting and reflectors etc. I will shoot it in 4K and reproduce in 2K (2048x1080p) with 2.35 : 1 standard cinema screen aspect ratio; that I edit on Corel VS7 Pro or Final Cut. I prefer the movie in best natural color and cinematic beauty. I can go for Sony/BlackMagic/Panasonic/Canon. Kindly suggest me a best suitable, fit to my limited pocket and easy handling movie camera.


If you want to use minimal lighting then you are going to need a camera with good low-light performance and high dynamic range. Given your requirement of shooting in 4K, I would look at something like the Sony A7S camera with the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ OLED Monitor/Recorder ( required to shoot 4K with the A7S ) or the Sony FS7 camera which can shoot 4K all by itself. Both of these cameras perform quite well in low light and have high dynamic range for a natural looking image.

Keep in mind that you should shoot at least one short film with whatever camera you end up buying BEFORE trying to shoot a feature length film, because you first need to learn how to get the best performance out of your camera. You do NOT want to be learning how to use your equipment while you are shooting your feature film, or you could end up with a disaster.

March 5, 2015 at 3:35PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I second Guy's motion for the A7S - good budget option.

March 8, 2015 at 8:50PM


I'd go with the A7s and Some Rokinon Cine E-Mount Lens for this, preferably a 35mm , 50mm and a 85mm

March 9, 2015 at 8:54PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

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