I believe what you did with your friends is what can be so romantic about filmmaking. Whether you think it's pointless or someone falls in love with it, doesn't matter. I enjoyed watching the short. It wasn't purposeless either, practice and friendship.
As for the cinematography, what are you trying to say with your lighting and framing? I was really drawn to the Shogun book in the background. Without the music I felt a lonely, dark, and perhaps pathetic protagonist feeling. One hell of a product of a last minute idea. Maybe next time think of an emotion you want to portray and try to see if people can guess.
I did not hate the piece at all. You broke down what went well and not so well already. I really enjoyed the lighting and set design as well. You had some very nicely composed shots. The lighting set the mood and tone very well in my opinion.
There was only one critique that I have. When James states blatantly about not being able to live with the guilt, towards the middle of the short. It may have been trying to scream your message. Perhaps find another way get this line across. Maybe another flashback to the incident and then cut to James' immediate reaction. That is just my read on the matter
Again I thought it was a great piece, especially since you covered all bases-Skeleton crew style. Keep up the good work, keep showing.
In simple terms, for I do not know the complex ones, the first link is a faster CF card (udma 7). That one will read and write information faster, 160/150 MB/s respectively. The second CF card is a udma 5 with a read/write speed of only 60 MB/s.
The kicker here is what device are you recording with? if you have a camera that records at high MB/s speeds then you'll want a faster card. For example, if the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera recorded to CF Cards you could use the udma 5 card in the second link. This is because the highest storage rate of the BMPCC is 27.5 MB/s.
However, if you were recording with the new Black Magic URSA mini and shooting Apple ProRes 444 XQ at 250 MB/s neither of these CF cards would be able to record the information without running into trouble.
To my knowledge, you can purchase the udma 5 card and save a little money, for not a lot of 1080 HD cameras will exceed a 60 MB/s read and write speed. If you are looking into 4k cameras though you are going to need faster cards CF 2.0.
Hope this helps.
Firstly, your stance on technology is outstanding, so keep up the good work. Secondly, that being said, the a7s is an exception in my opinion. What you pay for in terms of ISO and DR abilities will save money in the long run.
With the a7s the use of practical lighting set ups will be able to replace expensive film lights. I have been sporting a 7D that was given to me a few years back, but after using the a7s the savings have shifted towards purchasing one myself.
Lastly, at 1300, you're not losing as much, but still quite a bit at 18. I hope this helps; however, you can still make amazing material with a t3i. Don't let a little writers block cloud your financial decisions. Good luck, and can't wait to see future works.
The 7D was my first camera, and had a blast making ridiculous shorts with friends. The camera really shows what one may or may not want capturing their footage. For instance, not enough low light capabilities. The old body is still hanging around my place for nostalgic purposes, and is ready to be lent out to anyone in need. Overall, it is a great little camera.