Thursday, July 26, 2007

Camera switch!

We're not going with the HPX500 camcorder.

Instead, I bought two other ones! The HVR-VU1 and the HV20 , with which as I mentioned before we'll be using the Blackmagic Design HDMI input card mated to a kick ass computer with an 8 drive 7200rpm 16MB buffer SATAII raid 0 array (which will double as our editing deck/CGSFX machine).

Why? Well, for one thing: Money. $16k is a lot of jack. Also, we had to buy a muscular computer for editing HD anyway.

And also because of a fortuitous new development which I just recently found out about: We'll be using Cinevate's Brevis35 - A 35mm adapter that lets you use 35mm SLR (yep, you read it right) lenses on your HDV camcorder. I saw 720p footage from the HV20 shot with the Brevis35, and it was stunning.

With the setup we'll be using, we should be able to go one or maybe two better... Shooting and capturing uncompressed 1080i. however, depending on how easy it is to edit, we might opt for BMD's jpg codec, it sounds like it's pretty darn good.

So now it's just a question of whether the picture quality will be merely awesome, or absolutely amazing.

Gotta go, I have a shot list to draft!


Monday, July 16, 2007

Vbloging to commence soon...

Location Manager Mark Lickona has insisted we start a Vblog. Something about my face needing to be all over the place. Who am I to argue.

Things are shaping up nicely with various people helping out, but we still need to lock down a costumer, makeup and some featured extras. Other than that though, things are going swimmingly.

It looks like we're going to go with the HPX500 camcorder. This will preclude any underwater shots, as even though I was willing to risk a $2500.00 camera to shoot under water, I'm not risking a $16,000.00 camera. Mainly because we'll need it for other things, including producing commercials and renting out.

However, if we have the jack available, I might just spring for the HVR-VU1 or the HDR-FX7 using the Blackmagic Design HDMI input card. A few months ago I was toying with the idea of using that setup to shoot the whole thing, but reason prevailed. We've got one shot at this thing, so we're going for it.

EDIT -- Vblogging is gonna have to wait until we get enough principal photography in the disk so we aren't concerned about getting it all done!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Don't have $$$$.$$ for an underwater camera enclosure? Make your own!

Some people will doubtless think it crazy to forgo buying a commercial underwater enclosure and instead build your own... And risk "bricking" a brand-spankin' new full blown HD camera.

However, unless you've got an extra $1500 or so, and really, really *need* something designed for full service production, this page shows how to make one for ~$50.00!

Since Cell is only going to need a very short underwater sequence, this made a hell of a lot more sense to me. Everyone into the pool!