DP / Filmmaker
Again, your comment is only true in regards to the top two tiers listed. For Solo and Indie projects, Ninjamonkey is right on the money. No DP that "commands" any rate would be competing for a $500/day job. In contrast no production paying $500/day is going to be backed by a professional production company. The people competing for these spots and a lot of the Indie work are most definitely swimming in the same pool as some of the DP's willing to work for free to build their reels.
Not entirely true. Tiers 3 & 4 sure... But here in LA those 1 & 2 prices would often be for a DP providing a basic camera package included in their day rate. Maybe it's different where you work, but in my market we're highly saturated with owner-operators and new film-school DP's so that's the way it is. I'm very fortunate to have gotten my start before it reached this point.
For filmmaking, all of my ND filters that are a fixed density (.3, .6, .9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8) are 4x5.65 (panavision) Schneider WW's... These are substantially more expensive, but when it comes to color rendition & iQ, they smoke all of these.
My 1.8 is the only one that I got in Platinum IRND, due to price... all the rest are standard and I pair them with a separate IR Hot Mirror whenever I stack past 1.8.
My suggestion to fellow filmmakers... If you're going the route of "fixed ND", spend the money and buy once, or rent.
A great alternative is a Variable ND.
The best I've used for sharpness, reliability, and price is the Genus Eclipse MkII. A good alternative is the B&W OR Heliopan. The best I've used (also rather costly) is the Schneider... the LCW & Tiffen are the only others I've tried and they had very noticeable color shifts and sweet-spots.
IMHO, a good Vari-ND will serve many of you far better than those in the video.
If you do go fixed, your likely on a production where a Mattebox is already in the kit, so I suggest you rent some filters to go with it.
And the announcement is met with a resounding..... yawn.
Looks like an awesome photography-camera, which is exactly what this is. One that happens to produce solid video as a bonus, but anyone serious about "filmmaking" could find many ways to better spend $6k.
Given that you placed another above it, that does indeed make perfect sense... I wish the video would have shown that because my OCD brain was unable to cope with the idea of just one so low and as a viewer we only know what were shown.
As far as the digital push, I totally get where the urge to accentuate such a reaction would come from. I did not mean to be critical in a destructive way, but rather offer some perspective as a viewer.
I think this might have been a "kill your babies" moment, as it was a good shot, the reaction was funny, but it did not help progress the video.
Thanks for putting this out there. Reviews and tips are always greatly appreciated along with the time it takes to create them.
For independent opportunities, technology, and the ability to have your voice heard and ideas seen by the masses... Best!
For opportunities working at the position you've been dreaming of and paying the bills with film alone... Worst!
If you move to LA, prepare to be in a market so saturated, Davinci Resolve couldn't even help.
I'm not saying to give up, we need dreamers, talented artists, and gifted minds... just don't expect it to go as you'd invisioned.
Plan to work incredibly hard, learn all aspects of film beyond your specialty, become a storyteller, and plan to have a side job for years as you work your way up to set PA or assistant to the 2nd AC. Kidding... sort of.
Just imagine if there were millions of people that wanted to be Dentists, but the cost of dental school was so high only a very few could afford to do it... Then all of the sudden, Universities offered free education in dentistry & 98% of those dentist all decided to move to Denver, Colorado.
Do you think it would be easy to find work in Denver, when the guy next door is offering braces and a cleaning for $.99?
Because that's sort of what the filmmaking community is experiencing. Low cost of entry, easy access to information, and online public platforms are reshaping the industry.
Camera op's and DP's used to pay all the bills for a month off of one small job... With so much competition the small jobs aren't so easy to come by, you're expected to work 12hrs+, provide a 4K camera pkg, lenses, and an AC, for like $250/day... Until you surpass that first plateau and start getting booked by request.
I can assure you, it's no cakewalk getting there and beyond, but it's doable.
So if you come here, be sure it's what you truly want. Those of us in the grind don't do it for the money, we do it for the love. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle, If you're a filmmaker its 24/7, there's no timcard to punch.
Otherwise, might I recommend dentistry? I hear they get paid very well :)