Incredible insights there. Especially about fear of failure etc. Thanks for this one
I've been using Scarlet-MX as an A-cam for almost 4 years. Shorts, corporates, TVC and music vidz. Have an A7s for when I really need a clean image at high iso's. Just ordered a Scarlet-W. TBH I don't need the extra K (4k mx - 5k w) except for clients that want stills... but the improved DR, IR filtration and color under non daylight sources will be great. But biggest step forward for me is having a Red camera where I can shoot full frame 50 fps without cropping the sensor. That's going to be spectacular!
That's true to a point. But a lot of independent filmmakers nowadays make a living shooting corporate, advertising and music videos (myself included). I use the camera on those jobs, really get to know it then use it on shorts etc.
"For big studios, sure, whatever the best is they'll use. For them, they'll most likely pass on Epic-W and choose the full Weapon Helium."
I agree. And for visual fx heavy films the extra acquisition resolution does make a huge difference for the fx guys. They want high resolution files with minimum compression.
Forgetting about the resolution jump, I think the step forward Red have made with the helium sensor is in low light which has always been a weaker point for Red. Color we'll have to wait on the new science I suppose but it's already looking nice.
Personally I'm just hoping more people upgrade their scarlet-w pre-orders to the epic-w or weapon so I can get my Scarlet-w earlier.
"For indie and small budget productions (and even for big budget films), no one in an audience will say, "man, that movie would have been great, a masterpiece even, if only it was shot in 8K instead of 6K"
Damn straight. I think that says a bit about how well priced the scarlet-w is for its feature set and why it is in such high demand.
I've been keeping track on reduser and have been pretty blown away by their commitment to their customers and their customer service. Genuinely impressed where previously I cringed a bit on reduser sometimes (not at Red themselves but some discussions and blind fanboyism)
Once you build up a solid portfolio and ideally become 'known' for certain types of work in your area you can justify charging more. Charge what your worth. Keep working and learning so your worth more. But people need to see that in your work and also in the experience of working with you. When you treat yourself as if you are where u want to be (not in an arrogant way) other people will to. Also the little favors and good (fast and clear) communication with clients goes a LONG way too