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The Mentoring Room - Ask the Working Pros

This is a Public Topic geared towards first-time filmmakers. Professional members of The D-Word will come by and answer your questions about documentary filmmaking.

Doug Block
Sun 24 Aug 2008Link

Monica, why haven't you applied for full membership yet?


Monica Williams
Sun 24 Aug 2008Link

Great – Here is the 10 minute fundraising trailer for Knowing Evil! Any feedback will be most appreciated – but go easy on me :-) And Doug, I didn't think I was qualified yet as this is my first go round, but I'll apply now – Thanks!

http://8bliss.com/Temporary/KnowingEvil/KnowingEvil_Trailer.wmv


Andrew David Watson
Sun 24 Aug 2008Link

Jill – on the HVX200a (assuming that is what you are talking about) you can shoot DVCproHD at 720p, which is a pretty professional format. Sounds like either the EX1 or the HVX would be a good move up for you. There is a lot to camera other then just the resolution, so don't just use that to determined what camera to buy.

As for broadcasting, if the story is well told and the film is shot well, it wont make a difference what camera it is shot on. If you shoot DVCproHD you can always do a up-rez to HDcam (which is 1080) for broadcast. I'm sure James Longey can speak better on that topic :)


Jason Osder
Sun 24 Aug 2008Link

Jill and Andrew – the HVX200a will also shoot 1080i DVCPROHD, just FYI.


Doug Block
Sun 24 Aug 2008Link

Monica, you've been working on a doc feature for 2 years now, I'd say that qualifies you. Besides, we need all the good grant writers we can get ;-)


Andrew David Watson
Mon 25 Aug 2008Link

thanks jason, i forgot to mention that, from my experiences and from what i read it seem 720p is the preferred shooting format on the HVX. I was thinking more along the lines that the HVX shots 1080i and the EX1 shots 1080p (i believe??)


Jill Kelly
Mon 25 Aug 2008Link

thanks so much,it is the HVX i'm thinking of and i had also read that the EX1 shoot 1080p.Glad to hear that if it's all done well, the equipment is not quite as important, you helped me with that final choice.I really like the idea of have the ability to use tape or the p2 card.From what I've, heard, i think fujitsu is starting to make the same cards so the price is meant to come down in the new year(said she hopefully).I'm a continuing student at G.I.F.T.S.and it's time to take it out into my own project.thanks again to the info, it was just what i was looking for, until another question...jill


Eli Brown
Mon 25 Aug 2008Link

For what it's worth, the HVX tape mechanism does not record HD. Just hope that was made clear at some point... (though the HVX does, in fact, record 1080p, just not with a pixel for pixel imager like the EX3).


Monica Williams
Mon 25 Aug 2008Link

I'm thinking my trailer may have been overlooked considering the massive preceding posts. If anyone would like to view it – it's about 10 minutes – here it is and I would love any feedback!

http://www.knowingevil.com/clips/KnowingEvil_Trailer.wmv


Skyler Buffmeyer
Mon 25 Aug 2008Link

hey!
i was wondering which is a better editing program..
adobe premiere or sony vegas?
thanks :)


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