Writer, director, editor, music composer, compositor, colorist and occasional DP. Yep, all the marks of a struggling indie.
Definitely not pretentious or too romantic. :-)
Shooting on film is expensive. Is film better than digital? There are a thousand discussions on this. The important question is who is your audience. Will they care? Film has a very pleasing aesthetic (grain, rich colors and highlight rolloff) and it is a worthwhile goal to see how close you an get to that with limited resources.
I have made shorts with Canon DSLR, BMCC and BMPCC. Blackmagic comes the closest to the film look. It shoots raw and the grain is quite organic. You can expose to the right (over expose slightly) which grades really well in post. But shooting with Blackmagic cameras are not as easy as DSLRs. You have to really understand how to expose them and know their limits (fixed pattern noise, rolling shutter, moire, battery life, sensor size etc).
Having said all that, the film look is really not just about the camera. Its your lighting, production design, composition, cam movement, blocking and shot choices. A cinematically lit scene will look great even with an iPhone.
If you're debating on what to invest in, rent cameras and lenses until you find your comfort zone. Then you can set the goal of owning them long term.
Short answer: yes. Most theaters uses 2K projectors. On a well shot scene. you will be hard pressed to find the difference between 1080 and 2K footage. I have been to plenty of short film festivals where they had HD and DCP projections based on 1080p material.
Resolution is not really a big factor. Google up Sony Cinealta f23 and you will see a big list of films shot on HD. Including Startwars 1 and Avatar. But this camera has 4:4:4 color space and log profiles.
If you are going to shoot on DSLRs, research on the best settings for film look (24fps, flat profile, shutter speed etc). Use sharp lenses. Adding film grain in post can improve the perceived resolution/sharpness. But its an optional aesthetic at this point. A good DP can help you avoid a lot of theses pitfalls such as rolling shutter, moire and banding in post caused by certain lighting conditions.
Good luck with the project.
Cool tips. Thanks. I recently completed a 5 minute short edited, colored and rendered completely in Resolve. No messing with EDLS. It's really exciting to see how free version of Resolve is inching towards replacing some of the popular paid products. I still had to use After Effects for titling and some shot enhancements. If only I had the patience to sit and master Fusion....
+1 I stopped midway. All the clever edits were masked by the high contrast, distracting animation.