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    Default What camera should I use?

    Iím in preproduction for a short film Iím self funding and Iíd like an opinion on an elusive topic, the type of camera I should use. Itís an action scene depicting an intense 1 V 4 sword fight. Iíd like to use natural light or very little artificial light as the scene will be in a nature setting to give off a fantasy feel. I donít care about, or want, a bunch of bells and whistles, like 4K or RAW, nor do I want an image that looks like an amazon commercial. I want it to look as cinematic as possible, imitating film to the best of my ability. Also, If this isnít possible on a DSLR then Iíll save for a more dedicated cinema camera.







    The following are links to examples of some works that influenced the idea for my film. What Iím going for is a handheld style. The links are NOT representative of production design Iím trying to imitate, just camera movement and mood.

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    Did you ever make a short film?


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    Iíve recorded conversations and walking, like Iíd say to my friend ďgo here here and here, say this and do this and act as if the camera isnít there, and Iíve edited that to work on continuity and coverage and color grading but no I havenít made a dedicated short film, this would be my first one and I know this isnít ideal for a first short film but I love action and cannot sleep soundly until I create this, if I die tomorrow I will be unfulfilled as a human being


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    if you want simulate the film look on a dslr you can try some film luts, the best are lightwave and probably film convert. the BMPCC4k will give you the best image for the under $4000 range.

    Colorists by trade

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    Maybe a Sony a7s,

    But if this is your first film i'd worry a lot more about practicing motion with the camera, blocking, writing, and acting.

    Unless you're trying to be a dp or co you're likely focusing on camera choice too much. Shoot with your phone, download filmic pro, get a stabilizer, and allocate those funds elsewhere.

    hope this helped, happy to talk more if you'd like


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    Natural light will (most likely) not get you the cinematic look you are looking for. There is a lot more to cinematography than camera choice, and lighting is a major part of the "film look." That said, the best camera for you without spending too much would probably be the Sony A7sii, like tajleblanc said. It has phenomenal low light performance, so if you are shooting with natural light, that will be helpful. Look into a good orange and teal lut, which will help transform the colors from your camera into a "cinematic" style.

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