Most everyone has used their own video camera to caputure family home movies of memorable events or document important milestones in one's life. So what if you are ready to take it to the next level with a more professionally produced video or put your own story or script on film?
Evolving to the next level of film producing requires better quality video camera equipment. This does not necessarily mean using the film cameras used in Hollywood, but instead, starting with a good, basic, high quality video camera. Purchasing professional grade new camera equipment can start around $17,500, and that price is only for the camera body. Even higher quality video and film set models can go to $150,000+ for a full camera package. This investment is particularly pricey for a newcomer to the film industry or someone who simply wants to explore a new hobby.
Audio equipment is an important factor when determining the budget for a film. Choosing the right equipment can determine the quality of the movie.
An example of an important piece of sound equipment is the microphone. Microphones are available in different makes and models, and continue to change as technology advances. Commonly used during audio production, a wireless microphone is simple and lightweight. A benefit of a wireless mic is that it can be attached to a boom pole, allowing it to be positioned anywhere you need to pick up dialogue or sound.
After recording, an audio mixer is often used to enhance and manipulate the recorded sound. This occurs by a combination of routing and level changes of audio signals, and typically takes place post-production.
Often more important than the audio equipment you've chosen is the video camera you've decided upon.
Typically, a single camera, either motion picture or professional, is used on a film to shoot each scene. An alternative production method, however, is the multiple-camera setup. This method uses two or more cameras running simultaneously with the scene run through occurring with minimal interruption.
No matter the number of cameras you wish to employ, there are a variety of camera options available, each offering different features. For example, a High-definition (HD) video camera provides a wider range of colors, higher resolutions and better compression, allowing even amateur users to create professional quality movies. 3-D is another filming choice. A 3-D camera imitates the function of a pair of human eyes, by utilizing two identical cameras to simultaneously record the scene. Likewise, there are manufacturers who produce cameras with both HD and 3-D functionality.
Camera purchase of any type can be costly, especially if you choose one with numerous functions. Instead of reserving a large portion of your film budget on buying a camera, rent one instead, and use the money saved on other areas like special effects.
Once you have determined the appropriate camera for your project, you will want to determine what accessories are required to achieve the film quality you desire. There are several different lenses, filters and adapters that can be used to enhance visual quality.
Video camera lenses and video lenses are optical devices that attach to video cameras used in machine vision, for quality assurance, and to operat remote monitoring applications. There are several basic types of lenses available including aspheric, pinhole, close-up, and wide angles. Each one provides different filming angles, focuses, and lengths.
Lens filters effect the amount of and what kind of light enters the camera as you film, and a lens adapter extends the filming capabilities.
Lighting and rigging can also influence the quality of your film. Proper professional lighting can easily cost $1000+ per light if purchased. Therefore, acquiring the amount of lighting necessary to appropriately illuminate your scene can become very costly.
Also expensive when bought, but often required when filming, is rigging equipment. Movie rigging consists of winches, motors, pulleys, and electricity, all adding up to a costly investment for a situation that changes with each film and scene.
Additional filming equipment that can save you money when rented are matte boxes, dollies, and jibs. Each piece of equipment is an important aspect in the filming industry. Check out Rent It Today's selection of professional lighting, rigging equipment, and film accessory rentals when you want to save money on your next film venture!