Courtney Cox Stars in Mini DV Movie

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by takeone, Feb 22, 2004.

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    takeone Guest

    It was shot with 25 Panasonic DVX-100 cameras.

    From the BBC

    Digital video frees film-makers

    Consumer video cameras are allowing film-makers to create
    award-winning films on tight budgets, reports the BBC Go Digital presenter
    Tracey Logan.

    Courtney Cox stars in the film, November
    Friends star Courtney Cox was not fazed when she saw the consumer
    video cameras on the set of award-winning psycho thriller November.

    In fact, according to Director Greg Harrison, she found the whole
    experience refreshing.

    And his indie film's surprisingly low budget, just $150,000 instead of
    the $1-2 million low-budget movies usually cost, meant his backers at
    Indigent Productions were happy too.

    Mini-DVs are widely used nowadays in news reporting and for TV
    documentaries and some soaps.

    But November's award at the Sundance Film Festival for Excellence in
    Cinematography shows they have moved beyond the Blair Witch Project's rough,
    hand-held, natural light aesthetic into something more fitting for the
    silver screen.

    "I wanted to push the technology and not abandon a cinematic look,"
    Greg Harrison told the BBC's Go Digital, " and still work with colour and
    shadow and framing and lighting" to convey the tension in this psychological

    25 mini-DVs

    The corner store scene of a violent robbery and murder in the film
    needed to look dark and murky.

    You can't tell that we shot it on a consumer camera, it just
    looks like a regular movie

    Greg Harrison, November director
    In a film shoot of just 15 days and on a very low budget, the special
    lighting and coloured gels of conventional filming were out.

    But November's director of photography, Nancy Schreiber, got her
    Sundance citation by achieving the same effect through white-balancing video
    cameras in the warm tones of a nearby streetlight.

    As well as cloning the look of more expensive film-shoots, the
    Panasonic DVX-100 cameras Mr Harrison used had unexpected spin-offs for the

    With a price tag of just $2,500 apiece, the crew bought around 25
    min-DVs, allowing them to use multiple cameras simultaneously on
    conversation scenes to capture wide-shots, close-ups, and cutaways without
    the need to repeat the scenes endlessly.

    It meant the cast spent more time acting and less time standing around
    on the set.

    "You can't tell that we shot it on a consumer camera, it just looks
    like a regular movie," said Mr Harrison.

    Faster, cheaper

    All of this suggests the imaginative use of consumer video cameras
    could start to erode the stigma of low-budget film-making.

    Scenes were shot by multiple cameras all at once
    It could allow more independent film-makers to compete with the big
    studios for those precious box-office dollars.

    The combination of such cameras along with cheap, desktop editing
    could change the picture for production companies around the world,
    technology analyst Bill Thompson told Go Digital.

    "I would imagine Bollywood and other film centres could start to look
    at these technologies and say can we make our films faster and cheaper and
    get more films out there, given that we have the ideas and the cast to do

    "It could be a very good thing for film-making around the world."
    takeone, Feb 22, 2004
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    Chip Gallo Guest

    Geez, tell her about Warm Cards. I use them to white balance my Sony 717 or
    TRV-900 whenever I want the skin tones to look like Kodachrome. Down side is
    that it makes skating rink ice look brown ... and I have no relationship with the vendor except as a

    Chip Gallo
    Chip Gallo, Feb 22, 2004
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