I liked the way that super-reverberant room sounded. I say if you're stuck with something like that, make it part of the emotional and creative arc of your film. Use it for the scene where the couple is fighting and they are saying the same thing but not listening to each other, or an actor doing one of those voice of God monologues, or a character alone with her thoughts and you hear her breathing. Or watch the Harbor Freight ads and buy a bunch of their moving blankets when they're on sale.
That's an insane amount of money. No undergrad education is worth $300,000. With that kind of money laying around, I would send her to the best state college in your state and then spend the rest flying her to networking opportunities like film festivals, New York student productions, LA student productions, Vancouver productions... There's huge world of production outside of New York.
Or send her to live in California to attend a community college for 2 years and then transfer to UCLA.
It's true that going to NYU gives you access to all kinds of networks, but so will working at a Manhattan camera rental house. The question is whether your daughter is willing to drop any sense of shyness and network like a real professional because that's what it takes (plus talent). And think about this: a lot of kids change majors two or three times during college, are you prepared to spend $300,000 on a sociology degree?
Great article and vid.
Definitely something you would want to into your local law enforcement, sit down with the sergeant or captain and have a nice long talk about the pros and cons. If you're not good with people, hire someone who is.
Speaking only from my own experience, police like anything that makes their day more interesting in a positive way, but they also HATE surprises. Especially if it's a big swinging arm on top of an Audi.
You can also mount a tilt-shift lens to the camera and position the camera off to one side of the mirror then use the shift function to move the scene onto the sensor. Canon and Nikon both make T/S lenses.