We're truly living in the era of a no film school.
This pretty much sums up what I feel about FCPX, word to word.
Is this the one that was reported to be shot by PTA himself? Without a DOP? Anyone knows?
I think videos like these are truly senseless and quite frankly a disservice to a lot of people looking for scraps of advice on the internet trying to learn and come up.
I strongly feel that any DP who's trying to sharpen his/her craft should own a camera. In the same way that any director trying to hone his/her craft should learn to be an amazing photographer. There is such a thing called learning curve, which is invaluable as an investment. This learning curve is filled with a lot of ah-ha moments. And it's these moments that push you to the next level.
Never underestimate the ah-ha moments. As a filmmaker, once you have a camera of your own, you're going to be trying a lot of things to see what works and what doesn't. We've all been there. We've all looked at an image or a scene and thought to ourselves, Damn! how did they shoot that? When you have a camera with you, you're going to try and shoot images that inspired you. You'll be constantly shooting and trying out everything possible. Shooting with one stop over exposed, shooting with one under, shooting difficult lighting conditions, shooting with different lenses, framing different things differently, trying out different camera movements, editing and grading shots to see how they all come together... etc. And while doing all of these, you'll have a thousand ah-ha moments. Some big, some small. And I guarantee you, each of this moment is going to push you to the next level.
I strongly advise people to buy a camera and keep shooting the hell out of it. Maybe on a 2 year loan on a credit card. And maybe in that 2 years, you'll end up becoming so good that you can afford to buy another big ass camera. I say go for it. Trust me you want to be in a place where deciding to buy between a Alexa mini or a Red weapon is actually a thing. That's a good place to be. And that would have started with you in your backyard shooting countless hours of crappy footage on your A7S or a Canon T2i and realising what works and what doesn't. Understanding dynamic range and bit depths and stuff.
I'm not saying that you need to buy an Alexa65 or a red weapon, right away and start honing your skills but having a camera, one that you can afford is going to be like a film school in the palm of your hands. And that will live forever. Composing a person's face on a full frame lens with a 35 mm lens is going be the same on any full frame sensor. You might realise that you love framing faces from a certain distance on a 24mm lens on a full frame sensor. That ah-ha moment is why you should have your own camera for.
Don't listen to bullshit artists like Sireesh Sudhakaran and his youtube hits masked as inexperienced advice. Please go buy a camera and shoot the hell out of it.
He should have thrown the BMPCC into the mix. Just to kick things up a bit ;-)
I tried looking up the RED Website for these costs. I don't see it anywhere. Even B&H doesn't sell the raven anymore, it looks like. Could you point me to a place where I could buy the raven at this cost?