1080p is fine for theaters. Audiences won't know the difference. Best if you use a 4:2:2
The first couple of shots on my recent trailer is with a GoPro-
Very helpful video. Thanks-
Why aren't your mics plugged directly into the C100? You are wasting so much time. Use lavaliere mics. Download into Premiere Pro and get your timeline immediately! No need to transcode or use After Effects. Want a little better picture, use a Ninja but not necessary for a wedding. Love my C100!
Always, always, always have an lawyer send out your script to anyone unless your WGAW agent sends it out! Contact the WGAW for their signed agencies. Even if you know the guy that cleans the toilet at CAA don't send it out. If you live in a smaller town, grab the divorce attorney at the end of the street. Anyone with a law degree. 99 percent of worthwhile people in LA will not take a script unless it comes from an agent or attorney. If they'll take it without representation- DON'T send it out. Of course your script is registered with the WGAW and the Library of Congress so I need not ask.
Been there, created a hit TV show without money or credit and am now wiser and a member of the WGAW.
Before you decide on moving to LA you have to ask yourself- what type of filmmaking do I want to do? Do I want to be a Camera operator? Director? Cinematographer? Writer? Actor? Do I want to make movies, TV, infomercials? Unless you answered actor I would stay away from LA. unless you want to get away from your parents, girl/boyfriend, that small town lifestyle or if you have a driving force to become a movie star. Unfortunately actors in LA are "a dime a dozen" but that's another story. BUT, you don't want to be dying on your death bed saying "If only I had gone to LA" so if you're an actor, go there and get it out of your system. You might get lucky.
Don't get me wrong, LA is full of excitement and it's is a great place to live but it's expensive and the traffic and ten billion people will drive you crazy. The entry level competition is your field is also very tough. In my opinion the only reason to move to LA is if you have a studio connection/relative/friend or if you want to be a writer. Most powerful people in the "business" (especially TV) started out as a writer, then director or producer. The way to get ahead as a filmmaker is to hopefully have a reel and even if you have that you will most likely start out as a grip if you want to break into the "studios". If the rest of the crew likes you, they will bring you along from film to film and from there you can slowly work your way up. As you work as a grip you should write and write and write if you can. Some day you will know important people and you will show them your script that you want to direct.
Before there was video and digital cameras, young people came to LA because you had to. There you could purchase film, rent cameras, rent editing machines, find musicians and learn your craft. You do not need LA today if you are starting out! Cameras are cheap and computers so all so powerful. A $100,000 camera in the 80's can now be replaced with a $4,000 one. What would cost you $25,000 in special effects for your movie back in the 90's can no be duplicated in $99 software today. The biggest difference between pre-digial and modern day digital is.... the Internet. Computers and the internet were not available back in the 70s, 80s and 90s. You had to go to LA (and certain colleges) to learn about filmmaking. You had to go to classes and more classes and OJT. You don't need that now today. You can make a film anywhere. Larger cities are better for finding crews and talent but you don't need LA. You can become a big wig in a little pond by working in a larger city but in LA you are very small and it's highly competitive. In the acting world the expression was "throw a stick onto Malibu beach and you will hit 15 good looking, blond, 6' 165 lbs. actors with great bodies."
Now if you are already in LA--you have to find a steady job that won't interfere with the pursuit of your craft. Best jobs are at night- bar tender, parking cars, caddying at the fancy country clubs, (Like I did) etc. A steady income will keep a smile on your face which in turn will attract people to you. And, if you're good at sales, get a sales job where you can call your own hours. Get good at selling. Most creative people don't know how to sell themselves, much less their work. Read books, take classes and learn to sell. Get your real estate license. Sell anything. And last but not least is to surround yourself with POSITIVE people. Never hang around with losers or let them hand around with you. NEVER. Losers (those that aren't winning in their lives because of a negative attitude) will try and bring you down to their level. Reading the book "Creative Visualization" will also help you greatly.
In November when I attended AFM in Santa Monica and met scores of other independent filmmakers, hardly anyone of them was from LA. And when presenting my independent film to sales agents and distributors, NONE of them asked if I was based in LA and used LA people. They don't care. They just want to see good product.
Bottom line- if you are really talented and believe in yourself.. you don't LA. Showing a good film at a film festival will get you more attention to the important LA people, then 15 years of wondering around through the maze called LA.
An added footnote- As a member of the WGA I've spoken with a number of LA's literary agents and they've all said- I alway read the scripts coming from OUTSIDE of LA first because all the LA writers hang out together in coffee shops and all the stories/topics are the same. When something comes from outside LA.... it is fresh and that excites me.