I'm feeling something coming already :)! Thanks for getting out of my little creative rut!
I also wrote: "Just like any student however, I'm on a low-budget"
You're right, that set-up you suggested is of course most preferable!--or else I wouldn't even be posting this question up, asking for a better alternative.
Do you suggest I get a recorder then and conceal that in the shots?--that way I can have it record my subjects even if the camera is far in the distant.
Thanks for the advice!