So just to chime in here as a guy whop still works with film every day.
Films in the 1950 still had deep blacks.
Black and white films from that time and onwards have more density and contrast that anything until the Dolby and Imax cinema.
The density was there in older film prints as well, there was no details there as the acquisition stocks had less lattitude.
Watching an original check print of a classic film and you will see that if blacks were flashed it was a choice and not a limitation.
Additionally film prints have a lower black level than digital cinema.
Do not blame film for people liking milky blacks.
thanks so much for your answer. It was exactly answers the questions that I asked.
It's a great film and this success couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
As far as horror goes the pacing was excellent.
He obviously hit a nerve as well tapping into the fears of young black men in society never quite fitting in.
Just overall excellent.
I have the at AT897. Works well clear audio if used correctly. I picked up mine on eBay for $85.
I can recommend the Canon g7x from experience. It is a MASSIVE step up the iphone/any phone camera in low light. I also recommend it over the equivalent Sony (RX100) due to the user interface being so much better. The canon and Sony camera use the same sensor and have similar quality lenses.
The mark (1) is in your price range, the Mark 2 version blows your budget.
If you can't fins a mark 1 the sony rx100 https://www.amazon.com/Sony-DSC-RX100-Sensor-Digital-Camera/dp/B00889ST2G produces nearly the sames images and is easier to find. I found some refurbished ones for in the $2-300 on Amazon.
It produces a clean picture for the price. It has a touch screen that you can use to rack focus and opens pretty wide (1.8?) with a nice bokeh.(for the price). The low light performance is very good. The autofocus and focus tracking works well.
It's drawbacks are fixed lens,battery life and sounds support. You need external microphones and recorders since it doesn't have an external input. I hear the mark2 version supports running from USB so a small usb battery can eliminate the need for a pocketful of extra batteries. The fixed lens is nice, but can hit limits pretty quick.
There seem to be some notable Russians filmmakers working in Hollywood. Is there some kind of burgeoning community that is causing this?
Do you know any English jokes to make a Russian filmmaker would find funny?