Living in Pittsburgh, Local 489 grip and Director and Cinematographer for Carpio Pictures.
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.
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.
Honestly there are so many things that work for me... watch movies, read news articles, surf the web, just absorb everything and everything... watch a movie... then think to yourself..."what if this happened...". I imagine a scene or certain shot... and I would get so hyped to shoot the shot that I would force myself to think of an idea to get to that particular shot. I bounce ideas off of a fellow film maker... She says something, I'll add to that, she'll add something next thing you know you have a short story that has nothing to do with the first sentence... If you have a routine you do everyday, change it up, take a different path to work, watch a different channel you've never seen before, listen to metal, listen to jazz, eat something you've never eaten before in a restaurant you've never been to at a part of town you've never been to... or maybe that could be a scene...
Opens on a man looking down at an empty plate sitting alone at thai restaurant.... his nose starts bleeding on his suit and tie... and its 30 minutes until the big meeting.....
Its fun! Ideas are all around, just see em! Good luck!
I am currently writing a noir, and this definitely gave me some insight. Hopefully once done it captures the feel of noir with a little bit of my flavor and style.
AHHH, that pumped me up so much. I am trying to do exactly that. I went through a tough time earlier this year and in order to get out of the funk i dove head first into film. Since March I have made 5 shorts, won second place at a local contest, had 3 of my older shorts shown in a theater, working on a few scripts, shot my first documentary, entered 5 contest (one that won me my first lavalier mic, and two I'm currently in), and just been contacted to do a few PAYING jobs locally.
You are completely right. You basically just gotta do it, learn from it, and do it again. Write, film, edit, repeat. I still consider myself an "aspiring filmmaker" because I do not believe I deserve the title of filmmaker just yet, but I am getting there.
I am excited to be in this community of film and video lovers, I hope to meet and work with some of you in the future! Congrats on your success and I'll see you at the top!
That was beautiful. Pumped me up. I want to go out and shoot right now.