Director’s notes…

(A blog from Dave Armstrong, Writer/Director)

“Ok. So its two weeks today til we start shooting Ghostgirl and I hear my first AD barking “Turn Over” for the first time. Slight Jeff Goldblum in the ointment at the moment-we have no camera as yet.

I admit, this could be the turning point in my story. we have cast, crew and a story, but the camera…..?

Well, at DAM towers we do have few cameras. trouble is I dont want to shoot on them. We have a couple of broadcast beasts and a couple of smaller Sony HD miracles of technology, but they lack one thing:a shallow depth of field. Especially the smaller cameras. You have a quarter inch chip that will run for ever on a microwatt of power, but it has almost an infinite depth of field.

And control over depth of field is the key to eternal happiness, as we all know.

Red

Everybody's favourite.. the Red Camera

We were looking at the RED camera, the new kid on the block in the digital film world. We could rent that (and a load of kit and operator) for about five thousand quid for the duration of the shoot.

OR, we (for ‘we’ read ‘MasterCard’) could buy the new kid on the block’s plucky little cousin three times removed. The talk of the town for those of us who are financially challenged but HATE renting gear. Introducing (for those of you in civvy street) the Canon EOS 5D Mark 2. Even George Lucas is excited:

http://philipbloom.co.uk/2009/12/12/the-tale-of-lucasfilm-skywalker-ranch-red-tails-star-wars-and-canon-dslrs/

I wont bore you with my drooling, as there is plenty of stuff online about this movie camera masquerading as a still camera.

Couple of issues. A thing called the rolling shutter effect, which can make the world turn to jelly (problem inherent in CMOS sensors-non-anoraks look away now….http://www.dvxuser.com/jason/CMOS-CCD/) and the rig that we are going to have to get to support the camera properly. Thats going to cost over twice the cost of the camera. Oh, and there is the lens issue…..the list goes on.

Canon 5D

Is it a still camera? Is it a video cam?! Both! It's the Canon 5D

I also have a dilemma. Interest free camera from a local supplier (paying £600 more for the kit)? or a trusty internet store who undercut everyone while tempting those of limited financial means?

Decision has to be made right now-I have to move on to other important issues. Like directing a movie. If only I only had room on my head for one hat.”

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