I'm a 14 year old pursuing my dream of film. I am currently writing my first feature, and am in production for my first web series.
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I would suggest buying body only, and saving up for a better piece of glass. Many filmmakers think they get that "great" camera, then buy a lens, costing them only a Benjamin. Glass is (often) more important than the body. If you're on a tight budget, some of the best manual lenses are Russian Helios M42 mount lenses. They are cheap, and produce great images. Work with those and buy and trade your way up to a Rokinon or even a Canon L Series lens.
I downloaded the Flowmotion patch a few days ago (before seeing this post). It looks great, but would my Sandisk Extreme Pro 80mb/s card handle the 100mb/s bitrate? What about even my Sony 40mb/s cards (all of them are class 10).
Thanks for the advice. Metabones are a little pricey for me right now. Do you suggest a cheaper alternative?
Thanks! I'm not shooting RAW with the T3i - I can only shoot about 1060x720 resolution before my buffer shuts down. Is there a significant difference in low-light compatibility? Would it be better for documentary shooting than the T3i?
Story is king. Period. If you feel like your story needs to be told with a longer run time, then do that. A common pitfall in making feature films is that the pacing is incredibly, INCREDIBLY off in accordance to the style and story. I would second Guy's advice on making a few 10-30 minute films and ease into it. Good luck!