Another shining example of why a directors child should probably study the craft instead of use their last name. L
hence why most filmmakers make digital 4k prints of their films. Everyone else is just a movie maker.
You think one film stock is going to pollute the earth? lol. Shoot some film and you'll immediately feel and see the difference.
Honestly, if this is your first short film I would focus on effective story telling over look. In your budget you are not going to be able to achieve the exact look that "Drive" has because it was shot on Alexa w/ master primes, lit extremely well, and colored by some of the industries finest.
The best you are going to get is in the lighting arena, unless you have money to color and rent pro grade equipment, which I wouldn't recommend doing.
I own a GH4 and absolutely love it. It's a workhorse and has many features available for a low price. I say go that route, get a decent lens + tripod, and really hone in on the story rather than look and technical achievement.
sounds like microsoft sam! :)
Interesting, been wanting to do some underwater stuff. I definitely wont wear a hat tho, lol.