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Hey dude, why does DIY filmmaking suck?

  • Yes Beavis, DIY filmmaking literally does suck.

    Let me tell you about my experience producing Quality of Life.

    Each day, I worked a full-time day job and then put in 4 - 8 hours more on the film at night. I still declared personal bankruptcy during pre-production.

    Then I was fired from my job for focusing on the film too much instead of my work.

    My girlfriend nearly left me since she never saw me.

    My friends stopped returning my calls for fear I'd ask for favors for the film.

    And in the end, the entire "indiewood" film industry basically ignored us. Sundance, the speciality distributors, the major indie film press outlets and of course just about anyone with money couldn't be bothered.

    And that was all before we decided to self-distribute the movie and things really got rough.

    So listen up: DIY filmmaking is not for the faint of heart. It sucks.

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August 11, 2010

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Alejandro

Actually, angle of view is not expressed in millimeters, but in degrees. What's expressed in millimeters is focal length, which determines field of view FOR ONE PARTICULAR FILM/SENSOR SIZE. For example, a 50mm is considered a "normal" lens on 35mm stills, VistaVision cameras and "full-frame" cameras like the Canon 5D, because 50mm is close to the length of the film/sensor's diagonal. It's close to the angle of view of a single human eye. On the other hand, the same 50mm lens on an APS-C or Super35 camera (like the Canon 7D, 60D, T3i, etc.) will behave as a short telephoto lens, because of the smaller sensor acting as a "crop factor". In fact, it'll have the same angle of view as an 80mm lens would on a full-frame/VistaVision/35mm still camera.

It's not too hard to learn this. Just grab a DSLR and experiment a bit. I generally find it easier to develop these kinds of technical skills with stills rather than video.

Bad Vegan

Thanks for the info Alejandro. I wish I was more of a gear nerd and/or had come out of the camera department. All I know is that the longer the lens, the more "cinematic" and arty it looks to my eye due to the narrow depth of field. But it's great to get that clarity about the relationship of lens to film/sensor size.

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