Friday, 27 February 2009

Moving Onward

Ok, first of all, some great news regarding the film. Brian and I are going to be given a tour of the location on wednesday, and if all goes well, we'll be using it for the film.

Let me just explain why this is so important. When we were writing the film, we wanted to come up with something that just used one location. Within that location is where all of the development and action will take place. The reason for all of this is to cut down on costs and transportation. Once we start earning the big bucks, then we can charter flights to Australia and such.

I watched a video on YouTube about the location, and I am 99% sure that it will be our primary location.

Also, the other night Brian and I discussed what format we were going to shoot the film on. It basically boiled down to two options: Standard Definition and High Definition. The problem we have is that we do not currently possess an HD camera, but we could always hire one which would drain the budget somewhat. I already have a high-end SD camera - the Canon XM2 - and it is fantastic. It has a 58mm lens and enough settings to shake a stick at. The quality of its output is fantastic, if I do say so myself.

Here's the issue we had - would the film look that much better in HD? Yes and no. Filming in HD would give us a bigger resolution to play with, no doubt there, but would it tell the story any better? We decided that it wouldn't. At the end of the day, we are going for a DVD release for "Red Harvest", so HD wouldn't add that much to the production. There is also a lot of rubbish films out there that have been shot in HD, mainly because the people didn't know how to use the equipment. I suppose the only thing that matters is the quality of the script. As long as we light the scenes right, and use decent lenses, then the film should be of excellent quality. Also, editing HD footage would inevitably take longer.

HD is all well and good, but the simple fact is that we can't afford it, so SD it is. It'll be the best damn SD film that we can make it.

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