Consumer-grade camcorders


Consumer-grade camcorders generall use smaller CCD (or CMOS) chips in them, which menas that there’s overall less light hitting the chip than with a larger camera, and the images won’t be as remarkably crisp. Some consumer camcorders start to grank the gain up on your image just
getting out of sunlight, and the more gain your camcorder puts on the picture equals
more grain and artifacts you’ll have on the screen to make your final
product look awful. My advice is to light the snot out of your scenes, make them as bright as you reasonably can. Make sure you know the difference between soft and hard lighting, and you know when to use it.

Audio can be a huge pain in the rear on cheaper camcorders. Prepare to record audio independently, and possibly bring an audio technician on your project. (The advantage of this is that you have someone to yell at when th audio stinks :D.) I’ve also done some work in the past where I shot a scene, and then after the fact had the talent come back into the studio and dub over their voices. You get awesome audio quality this way, but you do need a fairly decent studio with a screen the talent can watch to dub with. (Your talent is also going to need to have some skills in regards to matching to their taped performance)

All in all, as it’s been mentioned, you’ve got a lot going for you. For the smaller film festival circuits, you’re probably about good to go. Give it your all, and share your progress here.

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