I would get this
Then I would spend the rest of the money on lighting.
Something like this.
Then if you have more money to get a better on camera mic, or an external recorder with wireless lavs, I would go for it.
Oh also a cheap monopod can be super useful as well. I got something like this when I first started and it was great to travel with.
What's your budget?
Well that sentiment only goes so far. Filmmaking can't just be purely creative, there's a technical side of it as well. If you're not well versed in the technical side of filmmaking it can severely distract from the story. That's how I feel about bad stabilization. Every time I see it, it pulls me away from the story and that's all I can think about in that moment. I am not saying there's not good content out there that falls short in the tech, but when those pieces get revisited for a clean up they come out a lot nicer. It's kinda like the work that Criterion does.
That video is riddled with artifacts and bad post stabilization.
What? That's ridiculous. There's some amazing new talent that has been coming out. One of my personal favorites is Oscar Issac. I really don't think you can compare acting to what it was 40 years ago. Acting is just so much different now. It was more common to see actors over act as if they were in theater that long ago, now an actor wouldn't dare over act.
What program are you using to make the DVD?