Monday, July 5th, 2010
Happy Independence Day everyone! Finally, a holiday with non pagan origins (as far as I know). I hope you all had a fun and safe holiday =)
Okay, on the real stuff. The camera arrived Saturday morning! It was so funny, I was just like a little kid at Christmas. I woke up early, the camera came, and I was on cloud nine! I’ve shot around 40 minutes of video with it and so far I’m pretty happy. I’ve done a lot of just random shooting and stuff, learning what it’s limits are and how far they can be pushed. The funniest thing is I keep getting asked if it’s a still camera. My usual response is “No, it’s a video camera that takes stills”. Size-wise, it’s not that impressive. The camera is at the small end of the DLSR lineup, but it packs a punch! When people doubt that I’ll be using it to shoot the flick, all I do is film them for a few seconds with a shallow depth of field. I can then instantly play back what was shot and they shut up. The nice thing about the camera being so small is that I look like someone just taking pictures. People will have NO idea that I’m really shooting an action flick.
Editing has been a piece of cake: Create an offline, cut that in Vegas, import EDL into AE, replace with onlines, grade, then render. I gots it down. I’ve also discovered the dirty little secret to 24fps. Most people will tell you that you’re supposed to convert it to 30fps before you render your DVD. The only issue with this is that there’s a lot of unwanted strobe. Instead, render your film in the frame rate is was shot and cut. In your DVD software, there’s a hidden feature that allows you to keep it at that framerate. Suddenly the strobe is gone and your footage looks like Hollywood =D
By far the best thing about using the DSLR is that I’m have to learn how to operate a camera all over again. It acts very much like a film camera, so you have to treat it as such. It’s a whole different style of run-and-gun. I highly recommend any filmmakers reading this to consider the Canon T2i. You just can’t beat it’s price and quality.
The memory card arrived a few days before the camera, and the extra batteries came the same day the camera did! My dimmer also came, but it’s being a pain and won’t do what I need it to. A waste of $10. Uggg! I hate wasting money on low budget films.
I’ve settled on the tag line for the flick-“The greatest deception in history is about to be revealed”. 19 days until we start shooting, I can’t wait!