What are some cameras for first time film students to use for short films?

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    • #143201
      Anonymous
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      What are some cameras you recommend for first time film students to use for short films? I’m looking for something that can pass for cinema quality or at least can shoot higher than 1080p, not necessarily 4k.

    • #143202
      Anonymous
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      The one you have with you

      • #143205
        Anonymous
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        They’ve made Hollywood tier (read: garbage) movies with iPhones so yeah, what this guy said

        • #143232
          Anonymous
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          […]

          all those films look like garbage though. just get a bmpcc or a bmpcc4k

    • #143203
      xt2nigger
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      Pass for cinema quality? That’s a pretty tall order if you’re exoecting the camera to do all the work.

      But if you’re good at editing and are a good camera operator you should be able to get away with pretty much anything that isn’t a handycam.

    • #143206
      Anonymous
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      If you’re in school you should be asking this to someone in the film department.

    • #143208
      Anonymous
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      fuck off, buy a used BMPCC with a decent zuiko zoom lens and a cage to attach your shit to

    • #143209
      Anonymous
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      >What are some cameras you recommend for first time film students to use for short films?
      whatever your film school provides for your projects
      most likely amiras, alexa minis and super16 film

    • #143211
      Anonymous
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      >I’m looking for something that can pass for cinema quality or at least can shoot higher than 1080p, not necessarily 4k.
      schools have cameras for this that you can use, as well as info on cameras to buy. it’s still only september, but i call bs

    • #143213
      Anonymous
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      >What are some cameras you recommend for first time film students to use for short films?
      iphone.
      not joking, you can grade the shit out of it and will get you to the point where you can larp as a director of photography.

      • #143217
        Anonymous
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        shooting everything with a fixed wide lens will make you look amateur

        • #143231
          Anonymous
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          >shooting everything with a fixed wide lens
          cropping exists.

        • #143239
          Anonymous
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          iphones have 3 lenses

        • #143242
          Anonymous
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          What iphone has a fixed wide lens anon?

          • #143243
            Anonymous
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            all of them up to the 8

            • #143245
              Anonymous
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              Sorry didn’t realize you were poor.

              • #143248
                Anonymous
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                obviously she’s poor if she’s considering shooting a movie on a phone.

    • #143215
      Anonymous
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      As a film student, why wouldn’t you use the school’s equipment? There should be no need to buy anything. If you think you have something good enough for a festival, rent the gear.
      Treat filmmaking as a business. What’s the business case for buying the gear?
      Want something that will serve you in college and not be a waste of money? Get the Pro iPhone and FilimicPro or an Experia 5 III and use the included CinemaPro app. Either will give you really nice 4K footage good enough to get you into a festival or to market as a treatment. Only thing you’ll miss is being able to throw backgrounds out of focus.

      If you’re rich, sure, go buy a BMPCC 6K, a cage, a matte box, fast EF-S lenses, a gear drive, Sachtler fluid head, etc… and go make lame slo-mo flower field and city nighttime bokeh-ball crap like everyone else.

      • #143219
        Anonymous
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        >lame slo-mo flower field and city nighttime bokeh-ball crap like everyone else.
        What do these words mean?

        • #143222
          Anonymous
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          you’ll know one day, boy

      • #143223
        Anonymous
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        >why wouldn’t you use the school’s equipment?
        I want to actually own it and not have to worry about returning it or losing access to them when I’m out of school

        • #143224
          Anonymous
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          you can do that once you actually have enough clients to support that investment

        • #143226
          xt2nigger
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          What if you lose interest and decide you dont want to to videography? All gear loses value over time so you’re putting yourself at a financial disadvantage here.

          Interests come and go but the gear will always be there on ebay.

          • #143227
            Anonymous
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            I agree with this, also you’ll probably have a better idea of what you want after after using the school’s gear and seeing what you like and don’t like about it.
            You’ll also be buying later so you’ll be able to get better equipment for the same price

          • #143229
            Anonymous
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            I’m doubt I’m going to lose interest in it, the same way a guy trying to be a doctor or a lawyer isn’t going to. It’s my passion of choice and I’m sticking to it. There’s a lot of things I can do there I cant in any other field.

    • #143221
      Anonymous
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      If its your first time, it does not matter at all because your lighting, locations, set design and actors will all look like shit.
      Buy a cheap 2nd hand mirror less camera (because of the no mirror = elwctronic viewfinder which will show u how the settings change the shot) and just learn how to use a camera, and where to put lights.

    • #143225
      Anonymous
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      I dped a 50min film with an a7riv.

      Only annoyance was grading s-log2 footage.

      Came out great for a first timer.

    • #143228
      Anonymous
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      Buy a lumix that has IBIS and can shoot 4k. You can find a used one for around $500.

    • #143230
      Anonymous
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      Try to buy a 5D Mark II, great films have been shot on that.

      Weekend.

    • #143233
      Anonymous
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      Pick up a used G7 for between $300-400 and get some Rokinon cine-lenses. For under $1000 you can build a solid enough "babys first cinematic videos" set. There’s no reason to go much over $1000 for everything when just starting out.

      • #143234
        Anonymous
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        I agree with this guy get a used m43 camera. You can get a gh3 body used for about 200 which is crazy considering it’s high bitrate 4k. I’d look for either a gh3 or gx7 or olympus om-d e-m1 or e-m5 II. These are the highest bitrate m43 cameras for 1080p. If you’re looking to shoot 4k on a budget go for the gh4 or g7.

        M43 is just amazing because there are so many lenses and most of any lenses every made will be adaptable with little vignetting because of the small sensor. I kind of like the m43 bokeh in bideo too gives it a nice look.

        • #143235
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          • #143238
            Anonymous
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            I don’t get what you’re asking.

            Rokinon’s line of cine-lenses are like a cheaper version of higher end Canons, and come in a variety of mounts. A Panasonic and set of Rokinon (or Samyang, same thing) is my primary budget set-up and I highly recommend it for someone looking for that "cinematic look" while not trying to piss away a (comparatively) ton of cash.

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    • #143240
      Anonymous
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      Blackmagic Pocket 4K/6K.

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