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First Extreme Low Budget Film- Help


#1

I only know the basics and have decided to give it a go myself. I have written the screenplay (which is only four pages long) and it is about 6 minutes on screen i’d guess. I have my actors and am starting on the storyboarding. Now the problems are beginning. I haven’t got a camera yet and as I only get paid about £200 a month (I only work on Sundays at the moment) I want to get a normal digital video camera. Is it possible to get one on my budget that will allow me to edit etc? Is it easy to put the credits etc on afterwards if I get the film transferred to DVD? How do you add the soundtrack on, do you have to play it at the time of filming. On the editing side- can I film a take and delete just that bit if necessary and do I need to film in chronological order? Please help- as you can tell I don’t have much ground to stand on! :-</E>


#2

get a second hand digital DV camera…plus buy a copied editing software program…this will solve your credits, audio and end credits problem!



I suggest adobe premiere pro…if you re handy with software…if not: get pinnacle…this is easy to use :slight_smile:

DONT edit on camera! its useless!! do this with cheap copied software!!


#3

Thanx, I don’t suppose you know where I could get this camera you are talking about and the software?


#4

go to something like ebay…and post an advertisement…or a site that let you post to ask for stuff for sale…place an adverticement and wait till you get email :slight_smile:



I got adobe premiere pro 7.0 (1200 $ shop price) for 5 euro’s…

for a DV camera buy a sony! also take a look at ebay like advertisement sites for some good offers :slight_smile:



for 300 euro’s you can get a pretty good camera to have some fun with :slight_smile:


#5

[quote=“tarantino_is_god”]
go to something like ebay…and post an advertisement…or a site that let you post to ask for stuff for sale…place an adverticement and wait till you get email :slight_smile:



I got adobe premiere pro 7.0 (1200 $ shop price) for 5 euro’s…

for a DV camera buy a sony! also take a look at ebay like advertisement sites for some good offers :slight_smile:



for 300 euro’s you can get a pretty good camera to have some fun with :slight_smile:
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Would you do me a HUGE favour and find me a camera on Ebay and maybe the software because I just had a look and I have no idea which one to get. Send me the link or something. I will send you a IOU card that can be used for life!!!


#6

I dont know any britisch sites that let you post advertisements like on ebay…only then for free…we got lots of them…so I guess britain should have at least one other than ebay…



look for adobe premiere pro 7.0 and email the seller and ask if you can get a copy…this is ussually the intention of the seller anyway :slight_smile:

as for the camera…whats your budget? if its as low as possible then I suggest to look at some sony camera’s (around 200-250 euros)…there are also some nice 3CCD camera’s for around 600-800 euros on the market…

again at those advertisement sites…sorry but I cant help you there, because I dont know any britisch advertisement sites…so maybe google for some or ask for somebody to help you…



good luck!!


#7

[quote=“tarantino_is_god”]
I dont know any britisch sites that let you post advertisements like on ebay…only then for free…we got lots of them…so I guess britain should have at least one other than ebay…



look for adobe premiere pro 7.0 and email the seller and ask if you can get a copy…this is ussually the intention of the seller anyway :slight_smile:

as for the camera…whats your budget? if its as low as possible then I suggest to look at some sony camera’s (around 200-250 euros)…there are also some nice 3CCD camera’s for around 600-800 euros on the market…

again at those advertisement sites…sorry but I cant help you there, because I dont know any britisch advertisement sites…so maybe google for some or ask for somebody to help you…



good luck!!
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I get around £200 a month so I can save up for a few months. I have to shoot it in the summer though. I might go to a shop in London or something so I can actually speak to someone and no what i’m buying. Do you reckon that’s better than buing off the Internet? Just thought I might take the oppurtunity of posting here that I bought a Quentin Tarantino Crazy 88 doll off Ebay and am waiting for the delivery, it’s my first purchase off the Internet and i’m eally anxious about it!!! I wanted the Reservoir dogs one too but some bastard got there before me!!
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#8

yeah, buy the camera in a shop!



the dolls are pretty cool…



I bought a lot off of ebay and never had problems…make sure that they have a lot of positive feedback and you re alright! :slight_smile:


#9

[quote=“tarantino_is_god”]
yeah, buy the camera in a shop!



the dolls are pretty cool…



I bought a lot off of ebay and never had problems…make sure that they have a lot of positive feedback and you re alright! :slight_smile:
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What kind of shop though? I don’t know any shops that specialise in film cameras, would a normal electrical shop do?


#10

sweetie, yes. radio shack will do. or try tom mccann’s. use the shoe box to make a pinhole camera and then see if you can make a flip book. this is probably the best way to start. you sound daring.


#11

[quote=“fattybassam”]
sweetie, yes. radio shack will do. or try tom mccann’s. use the shoe box to make a pinhole camera and then see if you can make a flip book. this is probably the best way to start. you sound daring.
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I don’t think those shops are in England. You gave me the first smile of the day- thanks for that!!! :wink:


#12

i would suggest Adobe for editing, i personally use Premier LE 6, but Pro is good. And a good 3ccd camera, becuase you need the quality to impress, if you may want o go to film out, Adobe will handle credits, effects, transitions and splitscreen and stacks other and it only takes a little bit to learn. For sound, get souhnd effects off: www.flashkit.com/soundfx in wav form and then imprt them into adobe. For recording sound on the day you could use a mike p;lugged into the camera or you could record on a mp3 with a mike and then import it into adobe and sync it. ou’ll get it professional with practise. i been doing it for years and i know.


#13

for someone in ur position im going to suggest a couple of things :


  • finish your storyboard or at least write down how you want each shot to look
  • ask friends/family members etc. if you can borrow their camera
  • for editing, use “windows movie maker” this program comes standard with windows xp and is amazingly easy to learn (you can even put credits, effects, music, titles etc)

    adobe premier is a great program ( i use it ) but for someone who’s in the position to make a simplistic kinda film like your suggesting, i would recomend wmm because adobe is way to hard to learn in a short space of time, and it costs heaps.



    hope i’ve helped, shoot me an email if you need any more advice, i’d be glad to help

#14

@LisaLovelace,



in case you are still looking for a DV camcorder, I am selling one. It’s not 3 chip but as I said in another thread, the difference was only marginal when I compared it to students films that were done with 3CCs about 1000 dollars more expensive.



It’s this model: <LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.megacameras.com/product/Sony … )-109.html”>http://www.megacameras.com/product/Sony-DCR-HC85-Digital-Camcorder-(DCRHC85)-109.html</LINK_TEXT>

I would sell it for 700 dollars including the following:

  • 2 lenses: one wide angle and one telescopic (each above 100 if you had to buy them)
  • a tripod (was about 40)
  • a softcase
  • neutral density filters
  • the best battery available for this model + the standard one that came with it.



    The only reason I consider selling it is that I’m only going to be in the US until Christmas and the camera is NTSC, plus it got those US plugs (and the voltage discrepancy).



    Of course if anybody in the US (preferably California) is interested, PM me or respond in that thread.

#15

WHOAH BABY



First of all, I wish you good luck with your first film. It takes some work, but it’s very rewarding and a enjoyable experience.



Second off, MAKE SURE, that you just film the scenes, worry about the titles and music and FX later, that is all done on an editing program. It doesnt matter if you don’t shoot the scenes in order, since that is what it is for. You can rearrange and split scenes, add music and new sounds, and also add in cool effects and titles with this program. If you have a PC, its called Windows Movie Maker (it comes with your computer). If you have a Mac, its called iMovie (also preinstalled)





Those are some of the mains things that needed to be addressed. But most of all, I wish you good luck! :wink:


#16

WHOAH BABY



First of all, I wish you good luck with your first film. It takes some work, but it’s very rewarding and a enjoyable experience.



Second off, MAKE SURE, that you just film the scenes, worry about the titles and music and FX later, that is all done on an editing program. It doesnt matter if you don’t shoot the scenes in order, since that is what it is for. You can rearrange and split scenes, add music and new sounds, and also add in cool effects and titles with this program. If you have a PC, its called Windows Movie Maker (it comes with your computer). If you have a Mac, its called iMovie (also preinstalled)





Those are some of the mains things that needed to be addressed. But most of all, I wish you good luck! :wink:


#17

Sorry about double-post guys. :-X


#18

First of all i’d like to say how surprised and grateful I am with all the great tips and advice. I have just discovered Windows Movie Maker and it seems pretty straight forward. I’m having a bit of a cash flow problem at the moment but as soon as i’m ready to go my heart and soul will go into making my first movie.

In regards to the person selling the camera, I live in England and so I think it would be better to sell to someone in your region if the plugs are for America, or whatever. Thanks anyway.

Keep up the good advice, i’m sure there are more people taking these hints from this thread than just me.



Thanks again, Lisa