I learned all of my basic editing knowledge on a Mac in high school. I taught myself how to use Final Cut Pro and I dabbled a little bit in Adobe After Effects. I was planning on attending UNCSA after I graduated high school, and I was required to buy a MacBook Pro and a full copy of FCP7.
A few months ago, I decided to switch to a Windows workflow and I spent around $900 (USD) and built a computer that is much more powerful than my MacBook and also much much cheaper. I'm still practicing with Adobe Premiere. I tried Sony Vegas, and there are way too many things about that program that I dislike.
I can say with assurance that I'm much happier with my Windows work flow. However, it may be because my Windows PC is much more powerful than my Mac, making editing and rendering so much easier and quicker.
Realistically, folks that spend so much money on their Macs seriously confuse me. You can spend $2500 on that new 27' iMac, and get the following specs:
3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 - Are you kidding me? $2500 and you don't get the i7? What a joke!
Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
8GB (two 4GB) memory
1TB Fusion Drive1
AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory
Meanwhile, I went to Newegg and looked at some parts.
1000W Power Supply from EVGA
AMD Radeon R9 290X
2 x 1TB HDD
Mouse w/Programmable buttons (to switch to tools quicker)
2 x 8GB DDR3 RAM
Corsair Water Cooling Kit
Samsung 256GB SSD
Logitech LS21 Speakers
2 x ASUS 23.6" Monitor
$2065.83, after taxes, after shipping. That's without counting the mail-in rebates as well.
So you get 2 monitors, a monster of a PC complete with a mouse, keyboard, and speakers, for $500 less than the new iMac.
The choice is very clear to me.
Griffin Hammond (Ex-Indy Mogul Host) recent did a challenge where he had to make a video using only his iPhone. He used the audio recorder on his iPhone as a mic. Perhaps you could have an actor use the feature on their phone and have it in their hand while you shoot? Then you can put the audio file on your computer and that'll give you at least a little improvement.
If you have some money, but not TOO much to spend, check out this.
Film Riot is an awesome channel with a ton of Do It Yourself videos to building inexpensive and effective gear. Another YouTube channel to check out is Indy Mogul. The channel is no longer active, but all of the videos are still available to view and they have a lot of Do It Yourself gear videos as well.
Your question brings two of my favorite films to mind.
In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Nolan makes a point to have a subtle yet growingly annoying buzzing noise during scenes where the Joker's plan is coming together. I believe this video will capture what I'm talking about, I'm in class without headphones so I can't listen to the video. I'm working with what I've got. ;)
Another great example is in the Coen brother's "Raising Arizona". Randall 'Tex' Cobb's character is shown throughout the film coming to punish H.I. McDunnough.
Good luck with your film!
Absolutely not! I think it sounds like an awesome idea! Perhaps instead of making it a feature, you could drop it down to 20-30 minutes. Long enough to tell a great story, but short enough to be within the realms of possibility. Later on in your career, you could remake the film as a feature! I'd love to see this story come alive. :)
Good luck and well wishes!
Perhaps you could do some studying on screenwriting and learning how to better tell a story. Watch and analyze some of your favorite films. Take careful consideration in how the Director of Photography has a camera shot hang for a second too long, or drifts in and out of focus. Analyze spoken and body language.
You could also read other scripts that people have written and try to get a better feel for how they tell their stories and learn from it. Here's a lot of good examples. http://www.carlrossi.com/#page6