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Nick Griffin
Re: A Major Motion Picture in HDV
on Apr 16, 2009 at 6:47:49 pm

[jon agnew] "It may not look like "The Last Emperor", but the story was successful...and because it cost so little to make, it was a financial success as well."

[walter biscardi] "Bad storytelling lowers standards, not any particular video / film format."

More than a couple of times I have explained to those starting out that they need to be conscious of, and stick to, what they CAN do with what they HAVE to work with. You can't have a smooth as silk crane shot descending from 75 feet in the air into the middle of the action if you don't have a 75 foot Chapman or similar piece of hardware. Duh.

Well you can't expect to have the look of Discovery Channel's Planet Earth from a DV camcorder either. But just as Jon and Walter point out, the storytelling needs to carry the project, not the equipment. In fact, the equipment and it's limitations can sometimes help the project.

Probably one of the better know examples of this The Blair Witch Project. It had the look of a handheld camcorder because it WAS shot with a handheld camcorder. The gear and its usage created the look which created the mood.

The long and short of it is you have to match what you've got, or are getting... or yes, David renting (because that's how people in Hollywood operate -- not that there's anything wrong with that)... with what you're trying to do. The problems arise when there's a mis-match.

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