Making a documentary with a kodak point and shoot c360

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by jef_boy, Jul 2, 2007.

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    jef_boy Guest

    My Kodak c360 shoots video at VGA quality at 640x480
    I am in the process of making a very very low budget documentary to
    sell as a DVD online and market myself. Do you think this is possible
    or should i give up? I bought Magic Video Edit software for $50,
    which they say has features of many $500 programs, and its seems to be
    doing well.. any suggestions? I am guessing I will have to focus more
    on the artistic side of the film since the camera can't completely
    capture natural beauty (although i think it might be good enough as
    long as my STORY line is good and the viewers get something out of
    it..

    please let me know if i should give up or not.
     
    jef_boy, Jul 2, 2007
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    jef_boy Guest

    ok, i'll divulge the idea... This documentary is similar to many about
    land development and urban planning, I want it to be both artistic and
    informational... I think there is high demand for this subject. The
    sundance channel's "green" or whatever series is really taking off,
    but i would like to be more detailed since I actually have a lot to
    say about he subject.

    The plan is to use this digital camera with video capabilities (kodak
    c360) just to shoot the scenes and the music and narration (if any)
    will be done separately, and I will use magix video edit for any
    lighting work that needs be done. and I will judge each video clip
    and use the ones that come out the best and are not as shaky.
     
    jef_boy, Jul 2, 2007
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    PTravel Guest

    With your hardware and software, you're not going to produce anything that
    would pass as remotely professional. However, if your subject matter is
    compelling enough, it might not matter. Remember, too, that producing
    quality video requires skill and talent. A professional with your gear will
    turn out a better product than an amateur with the best equipment.
     
    PTravel, Jul 2, 2007
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    PTravel Guest

    You can't fix bad lighting in post-production and the kind of correction you
    can do in a $50 consumer program is not going to do much. As you note,
    shaky video is the hallmark of amateur production.

    If you're going to market these as amateur videos, good luck -- maybe there
    is a market for that; I don't know. You're not going to produce anything
    that looks professional. I'd recommend spending some time learning about
    video production THEN making a hardware and software selection.
     
    PTravel, Jul 2, 2007
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    jef_boy Guest

    I am just having fun not worrying about being a professional but
    rather producing something that gives something to society. Some
    movies that I really liked that didn't seem crisp and clean are... Pi,
    Tarnation (a documentary shot in super 8), and some other horror
    movies. I think that its not the shots, but the flow between the
    shots and the feelings they provoke in the viewer. In tarnation,
    there wasn't any narration, just text on the screen that told a
    story.. and it seems to be selling well. I am guessing that I need to
    devise some sort of theme that allows me to "get away" with the shaky
    unprofessionalism of this film? The film "Pi" evoked a very mysticism
    about it through music and imagery and I liked that .
     
    jef_boy, Jul 2, 2007
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    samkds Guest

    As someone who works in more political documentary, I'm sympathetic to
    your desire to make something that you feel will help improve the
    world. That's great, but you need to be honest about what you're
    trying to do, who you're trying to do it for, and what is required for
    that. If you want to make a short to post on youtube that is forwarded
    around the world a million times and has great content, the equipment
    you're using will be forgiven on a lot of levels because the format
    lessens the technical expectations of the viewer. If you think you are
    a known speaker with a vocal following and you want to go on tour,
    give talks, AND you think you will be so powerful that the audience
    will want to get a copy to share with people who weren't able to
    attend, maybe, even then, you could sell a few low budget DVDs. If
    you're a nice guy, but basically unknown, and you want to make some
    ultralow budget DVDs that you want to sell online from the video off
    your digital camera, you should give it up.
     
    samkds, Jul 5, 2007
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    jef_boy Guest

    You people can all go to hell i think its possible to make a full
    feature film with a cell phone camera. You are all part of the
    communist film industry.
     
    jef_boy, Jul 6, 2007
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    Mike Kujbida Guest



    It's already been done :)
    http://www.smssugarman.com/home_page.html
    Go down to the technology links.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, Jul 6, 2007
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  9. You're an idiot and a troll. You asked for advice from professional
    and amateur film makers, who gave freel of their time to suggest ways
    to improve your approach based on their extensive experience.

    You didn't like the advice and sulked. Suit yourself, we all hope your
    venture makes you look the fool you are. Troll.

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jul 7, 2007
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