What's your biggest psychological barrier when it comes to filmmaking?
Gathering enthusiasm and motivation to fabricate an idea is easy, but I find it is harder to motivate myself to start a project, and often I stop at the first roadblock I find. Most of the times, weather it may be true for some, I figure if I havent got the motivation to surpass the roadblock is because the project isnt worth it.
What's your biggest technical challenge in filmmaking?
Moving shots - any kind of movement requires special equipment, and depending on the camera it can be quite costly and difficult. I have a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, such a bulky and oddly shaped camera requires special gear, gear that often I cant afford. I often find myself changing the script around in order to avoid specific kinds of shots because I know I lack the technical equipment to perform them correctly.
What's your biggest logistical challenge?
People - most people will accept working for, lets say a non profit just "fun" short film. But none have the same goals or motivations as me. Most people I know that are working in the industry are very competitive and often dont really want to cooperate on projects.
What's one piece of content that you would like to see on No Film School in the future?
Technical production tutorials from experienced people. Not just reviews or very specific tutorials for crazy expensive gear, but people showing how they do certain shots, how they setup their gear, how they plan their next investment. There needs to be technical content for all the "stages of filmmaking" , this means either people starting out, or people with a few years experience, or people that are really experienced but want to keep updated with the industry.
I suggest you invite more writers from all sorts of experience levels, they all have valuable input that could serve to specific demographics.
The C100 is a great camera no doubt, and it does fit within my specifications - it is small and can fit in most gear since it's not that heavy, and has a big set of another advantages like the built in nd filters like you mentioned, plus XLR inputs and other features a "true video camera" has.
My only concern is the thought of the "investment for the future". Right now, 4k is an illusion, specially in my country. There is absolutely no 4k content anywhere (except on the internet) and people only like talking about it. The only good thing about it right now is the possibility of creating multiple shots from one. But, as soon as people start trying to make 4k the new standard definition, which wont take that long, ill have a problem. I can foresee the small clients that want to pay 800€ for a short promo video to share on the internet demanding 4k content.
Philip Bloom has a pretty extensive review on the camera, he is usually legit (as far as we can tell at least). Sony seems to have paid him to do a bit for BBC on this camera but still, on his blog he doesnt have anything really bad like this to point out, and he took the camera around the world to film a long piece.
But yeah, some people might not encounter issues depending on what they are filming - he films with an external recorder, may be way he doesnt encounter issues dont know.
A wacom tablet is specially handy for a visual effects workflow. Rotoscoping with tablet will double your speed and accuracy :) for normal video editing, I dont see the advantage (for me at least)
Youtube has too much "crap" on it.
1 year ago I was contacted by a big production company for a large budget commercial shoot because of a video I had on Vimeo that I shot on my spare time with a friend. So yeah, that's that - seems like Vimeo is the way to go and they know that, because they make you pay for it.
Before going to film school and working professionally, I used to play around with video and editing on "free versions" (if you know what I mean) of all the softwares you can imagine. It was for recreational purposes so yeah.
Now I have a production company so I pay for everything I own/use, so essentially penny saved is a penny...not spent?
For small clients I use only Premiere CC. Is a very powerful tool - you can access some of the features you have on After Effects, so its like a editing software with half of after effects built in. This way you use only one software, speeding up your workflow and not spend too much of software. If you get plugins like filmconvert, get some LUTs (search for DELUTS) and other "helpers" you can really speed up your workflow and get the look you want in your shots.