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mbay2008
02-13-2013, 06:38 PM
I'm a film student looking do a mockumentry/pov/found footage horror film as a side project. I don't have much experience. Yes I know this sub genre has been done way to much but I like it. What type of camera could I use without breaking the bank? I want the Blair witch feel to the film. I have a great subject that would make a great documentary by it's itself but I want to turn it into a horror film. I loved the Blair Witch Project and to try create something with little to no money. I have Adobe CS 6 master collection with all the editing programs plus others. I even have a great idea for a production company. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.

Jsthompson79
02-13-2013, 06:50 PM
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. It does 2.7k Resolution at 24 FPS and has a Cine mode. They're $400 and can be mounted just about anywhere. It also has 4k but only at 12fps.

Nick Soares
02-13-2013, 06:55 PM
mbay2008,

You are headed in the right direction. Found footage horror for the budget will be your best chance of making a profit. Since they can be done so cheaply, yet have such a mass appeal I really think you will have a profitable film (If done correctly)

That said, I would have to recommend the Canon ViXiA HD (http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_hv40) $599 retail, but im sure you can find it cheaper somewhere.

Looking forward to following this project.

Jsthompson79
02-13-2013, 06:56 PM
I am curious Nick. What would make you pick that particular camera over the GoPro?

Paul77
02-13-2013, 06:58 PM
mbay, don't think like that! Because when you do, you will see 30 found footage films after yours that made lots of money!

Paul Shaultz

Nick Soares
02-13-2013, 07:00 PM
I am curious Nick. What would make you pick that particular camera over the GoPro?

Because the GoPro has a fixed wide angle lens. Not ideal for making a movie. As well as the audio is not ideal for a feature film, not if you are looking to get it distributed.

Hope that helps :)

Jsthompson79
02-13-2013, 07:03 PM
Because the GoPro has a fixed wide angle lens. Not ideal for making a movie. As well as the audio is not ideal for a feature film, not if you are looking to get it distributed.

Hope that helps :)

Ok. I saw something on Film Riot where they corrected the wide angle lens in post via After Effects. As for audio I see people recommend external recorders all the time for various cameras. However you have more experience than I with distribution.

mbay2008
02-13-2013, 07:07 PM
I'm on a tight budget I recently purchased a sony handycam not hd but the standard one. I wanna return it for for HD under $200. What about this? JVC Everio HD Flash Memory Digital Camcorder (GZE10RUS) with 40x Optical Zoom get it get the job done? Also I plan on using smart phone cameras most of them record HD and have decent picture quality. Would they help or hurt me?

Nick Soares
02-13-2013, 07:15 PM
Ok. I saw something on Film Riot where they corrected the wide angle lens in post via After Effects. As for audio I see people recommend external recorders all the time for various cameras. However you have more experience than I with distribution.

You never want to count on correcting something in editing. Always, always do your best to get the shot organically on set.

Mbay2008 - What is your budget so we can direct you to a more suitable answer.

mbay2008
02-13-2013, 07:19 PM
Being a full time college student I'm currently unemployed. Nothing more than $200

Nick Soares
02-13-2013, 07:22 PM
Then just find some old DV camera at a flea market. As long as its not going the theaters then your fine

mbay2008
02-13-2013, 07:24 PM
Its possible though to make a feature length film though? This is my first film project outside of school. I want to get hands on experience what all goes into a full length film. I'm not really worried about it making it to theaters but it'd be coll if it did.

Nick Soares
02-13-2013, 07:26 PM
Yes - look at blair witch....

mbay2008
02-13-2013, 07:36 PM
That's look I'm going for. A pov horror mochumentary. The subject I want to do this on would be a great idea for a documentary.

Nick Soares
02-13-2013, 07:41 PM
That's look I'm going for. A pov horror mochumentary. The subject I want to do this on would be a great idea for a documentary.

Well, get your camera and go do it! Hope you found your answer!

mbay2008
02-13-2013, 07:49 PM
Thanks man really appreciate the insight.