I am interested in microbudget filmmaking.
Thank you so much, Phillipe. Sounds like we are definitely on the same page here ;-)
I'm a HUGE fan of Woody Allen's early stuff!! And I am putting "Death and the Maiden" at the top of my must watch list!
I will also take a look at the GH4 and Samsung NX1 next time I go to shoot.
Thanks so much, Alex!
I absolutely agree with you about audio. Because my project was dialogue driven I definitely couldn't scrimp on that. I hired a professional that I'd worked with before and has always taken great sound. He used lav mic's, boom, etc. and for a few scenes that we did outside, (without permits so had to be more discreet) we shot from far away using lav mic's, then took some wild lines with the boom after the fact in a quieter area, where there was less risk of being caught with a camera crew and no permit.
And the final sound mix will definitely be something I will fork out decent cash for. I completely agree that a bad sound mix can be fatal for a movie!
Hi Charles. I am doing a rough cut on PremierePro. I then hand over to another editor to polish it / make adjustments, and then onto color correction, sound mix and such.
And perhaps I was googling the wrong stuff but I spent countless hours on the net, trying to find answers and I wasn't able to. But if you think I'm lying... Hey, I give up.
And yup, Ninja Monkeys attitude is a shame. This was the first time I posted to this website. Ironically enough, I've been reading articles on here trying to do more to educate myself on the technical aspects of filmmaking. Some people have been genuinely helpful in their comments, but I don't think I will ever post again. Cause I've spent too much time defending myself rather than learning. I'll stick to reading other peoples posts from now on.
I think there are a lot of filmmakers out there like me though, maybe just not on this website. Oh well.
Apologies for the huge rant. Obviously I feel very strongly about this and want to encourage others to dive in and make their first feature.
I'm guessing you mean that I should have spent my money on making lots of short films or taking courses?
I've made quite a few shorts but never used RAW.
I've also worked on many other film projects in various roles, everything from on-set PA to assistant publicist. A lot of short films I have helped out on had bigger budgets than my feature did!
Sure, I could have spent this money on making 10 more short films. But short films as stories often don't interest me. Like I said, the films I love focus on personal relationships and character. I can appreciate films with amazing visuals, but thats not what I really enjoy. Most of my favorite films consist of simply shot scenes with people talking to each other.
I also feel that wayyyy too often, technically advanced people make films that look amazing but have terrible scripts. I aim to make work for regular people to enjoy. Not for other film school grads to enjoy. Sure in this case I didn't spend enough time researching the RAW workflow, I just took my DP's word for it - But I'm guessing I put a lot more time and effort into redrafting my script and casting my actors and rehearsing their performances than many tech obsessed filmmakers would have done.
Every artist has their own way of working and learning. Some people spend $50k per year to go to a great film school. Some people make hundreds of shorts and perfect their technique before taking on a bigger project like a feature. I chose to throw myself in the deep end. Yeah it was a little crazy, and incredibly stressful but I am SO GLAD that I did it. I think I learned more during that shoot than I ever would have learned by doing a filmmaking course or making more short films. Now I know how to make a feature film. And next time I do it, I will know how to do it more effectively and probably even cheaper! I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I'm sure I will make lots more mistakes as I continue to experiment with my work, but I honestly feel there is no better way to learn how to make feature films than actually diving in head first and making one. That's just my opinion :-)
PS - I'm interested as to why you are so upset with the money I spent? I'm no trust fund kid. I saved the money from my job that I work as a nanny..... so what's it to you what I choose to spend it on?
Hi Saied, no, still has a long way to go in terms of post production.