Rebecca thought it might interest some of you to learn what we’re planning for the movie on the technical side, so here goes:
At this point, I’m bouncing back and forth between 2 different cameras- the Canon 5D3 and C100. The 5D is much cheaper to rent- about $900 cheaper over the course of the shoot so we may have to go with that one- but it’s a great camera..The most recent feature film that we’ve liked with the 5D is Francis Ha, the Noah Baumbach film starring Greta Gerwig- here’s the trailer:
June Falling Down will not be black and white, like that one, but you can still see what a great image it produces- other Hollywood movies that have used the 5D extensively include Black Swan and The Avengers – it was also used to film an episode of House– so even though I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for the C100, I know we can achieve a really nice looking film with the 5D.
We recently had our first experience with a boom mic, which we used for Cam Companion. For Winter Guest we had no boom operator, so all the sound in that film is ambient- meaning we set up a stereo recorder just out of frame and recorded us talking. Using a boom is much better and delivers a more professional sound. For June, I’m planning to use the Rode NTG2, which is a very popular, but cheaper mic to rent- if I can get my hands on something better, I will! In any case, we will have a boom operator/sound mixer for this project and getting a really clean, professional sound track for the dialogue is one of our top priorities. (We also have some exciting music ideas for the soundtrack, using primarily local Door County musicians and popular performers, like my pal Eric Lewis.)
Admittedly, I’m a novice film maker, so I’m learning as I go. The technology has progressed so quickly in the past few years- even 10 years ago it would have been impossible to get a decent looking film done for less that 10 thousand dollars- actually 100K would be tough– but now, with great cameras being so cheap (relatively speaking..the 5D runs about $3300 and C100-$5000) you can really get a nice looking film for very little money- by comparison, a professional digital film camera like the Arri Alexa runs in the 40-50K range.. and real film? forget it- incredibly expensive. If we tried to do this movie on actual film it would cost tens of thousands of dollars- minimum. Even Super 16mm- (yes, I’ve crunched the numbers..- maybe someday:) So we’re very lucky and grateful to be living in this era of the “democratization” of filmmaking. It’s very exciting.
While we’re planning to do most of this film handheld- meaning not tripod or dolly- I’m also planning to use the Glidecam HD4000 steadicam for selected shots. This device allows you to have a “floating camera” effect- also mimics a tracking shot which is when the camera is moved on tracks resembling a miniature railroad.. anyway, we can’t afford all that stuff or the people to set it up- so the Glidecam is a nice alternative- check it out:
Here’s a nice one too- looks like Door County:
If you’re interested in lenses, we’re planning to use Canon primes, including the 85mm f/1.2L, the 50mm L series, and probably the trusty EF-S 17-55 zoom which we used on both of our shorts.. it has image stabilization which is a nice feature for handheld work. That’s about $4500 worth of lenses. I don’t own them- have to rent right now.
If anyone out there has any advice for me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch- like I said, we’re learning as we go, and we want to do everything we can to make this a great looking/sounding film that will play well on the big screen.
Thanks for reading- take care,
p.s. If you haven’t donated to our Indiegogo and you’re thinking about it, please do so! This kitty is asking very nicely. (this is now Rebecca by the way)