September 19, 2014 at 4:49PM


Is nikon coolpix enough tool shoot movie?

. I got Nikon coolpix so will that be ok to shoot my short film? So how do I make my short film with no budget at all ?


Of course this is enough to start!

It is going to suck, obviously!

Or, to be more politically correct: the result would be exactly the same as if somebody handed you a $20,000 camera and you shot your first film with it.

The point is -- make your first short film and then try to figure out what it was that sucked. The best way to go about it -- post a link on the board and ask "what's wrong".

Then when making your second short you'll fix those things, you'll come back to the board, and you'll ask "what's wrong". You'll repeat that for six month shooting every week and you'll start to kick ass!

Good luck!

September 19, 2014 at 5:26PM


Shooting a movie with a Coolpix would be, to say the least, very brave.
You have no control on light. But it may be a good exercise for composition, so... your call.

September 20, 2014 at 3:24AM

Andrea Labate
Director / Cinematographer

I would rather see a well told story shot on cheap consumer-grade equipment over a lame story shot on expensive gear any day! STORY is what makes you a videographer, not budget. I want to see what you shoot! This isn't still photography - anyone who has tried to pull stills from video shot at 24 fps knows that the subject will almost always be blurred through motion. Our eyes correct for it. The $12000 lens you may be able to afford 5 years from now is nice, but it is NOT necessary. The best camera for the job is the one in your hand. Tell an interesting story, and make me care about your subject/characters.

September 20, 2014 at 1:19PM, Edited September 20, 1:19PM

Michael P Ellis
President, Result Films Inc

How do I get recognition with my short film ?

Tsering Lodoe

September 21, 2014 at 10:36AM

This is horrible advice. Maybe you should write a novel, filmmaking is a visual medium, the visuals matter.

Indie Guy

September 21, 2014 at 7:19PM

How is that horrible advice? If that is all he has then by all means let him use "what he has". I shot 3 shorts on a Nikon CoolPix because that's what I had at the time, did they look as good as a DSLR or a BMCC or a GH4? Absolutely not. But if that is all that's available then why not.

Franklin Carpio

November 5, 2014 at 12:10PM

If you have no other camera, then any camera that shoots video is better than none. If you're interested in shooting short films, I'd recommend seeing if you can borrow some gear and shoot with that, then save for some more suitable equipment.

September 20, 2014 at 1:22PM, Edited September 20, 1:22PM

Anne Le Sauvage
Ethusiastic amateur editor

I would say definitely shoot your movie on your Coolpix camera!

When I first started getting interested in making my own home movies, I had an ultra-compact Canon camera, which of course had only one lens and a sensor that recorded everything in focus. I didn't know anything about making movies, except that I wanted to capture some images and put them together into something entertaining. My technical knowledge was just about zilch, except for my knowing that I wanted to capture better sound than the camera could give, so I bought a Tascam DR-40.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I shot a bunch of my colleagues and put together a little story/doc on them, and they fricking loved it! Those who didn't want to participate were later regretting that they didn't get in front of my dinky little camera. And let me tell you that not one person commented on how bad the quality was of the video. They were entertained!

I think it is easy, when we amateurs get interested in making home movies/docs/real movies/whatever, to become caught up in specs and technical details. But the reality I have found is that most normal people are only interested in your content and how you present it. If you want to please a very wide audience, like the general public, then yeah you probably have to start paying attention to how the pros do things with their expensive equipment, since general audiences have gotten used to a certain look in their movie watching. But the extent you go, and the amount you spend, to capture that is dependent on your ingenuity, attention to detail, and desired result. It seems that some smart people can do a lot with very little.

One thing I would suggest, however, is that when making your movie with the Coolpix at least get good clear sound. Use an external recorder and get it close to the source, or do foley in those instances where there is too much background noise and/or the sound isn't clear enough. You can also do ADR if you absolutely have to. (If you're a noobie, then ADR, in a crude sense, is foley for dialogue). But ADR, in my experience, is pretty tough and time-consuming, unless you want your movie to look like those 70's kung-fu movies ;)

Like Alex says above, you'll improve with time. Your knowledge will grow, and so will your skills. You'll find yourself knowing what new equipment you want to upgrade to.

Above all, have fun!

October 29, 2014 at 2:09PM

Harlan Rumjahn
Low-level government official

Absolutely shoot it. If that is all you have available then go ahead. I shot 3 shorts with a Nikon Coolpix camera, They are not amazing but I think they are entertaining and recently they were invited to play at a local theater here in Pittsburgh. Since then I have upgraded, but if you watch the three shorts you can see how they get more and more extravagant. You learn. So shoot with what you have, learn then shoot again... When you can upgrade, upgrade then shoot again, learn and shoot again. Repeat. Wish you the best of luck!

Below is a link of the shorts shot with a Nikon Coolpix... I shot them solely for fun with my cousins. They are not amazing but they did teach me a bit.

November 5, 2014 at 12:14PM

Franklin Carpio

YES you can shoot on Coolpix. Take that camera and make your movie, it's important as an artist to use the tools you HAVE ACCESS TO to create your art.

I'm honestly so SICK of all the elitist GEARHEADS that populate this site.

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