So I'm off to the deep south to shoot an effects heavy monster movie on
Panavised 900s in which 90% of the shots will be on or in the water in
brackish swamps lots at night (15 days of shooting 15 nights of shooting).
Needless to say I have some worries. This is the tenth feature I've shot
so I'm fairly comfortable with that part of the process but it is only
the second HD feature I've done (have shot a fair amount of tape over
the years though)... anyway - Panavision has assured us that the cameras
will be fine.... even though the night air down there is heavily dewy
and wet- I worry that we will constantly be shut down by the dew switch-
any thoughts? Anybody have a good list of the various types and kinds
of splash bags and underwater housings available for these cameras?
Also I'm thinking about trying out the little JVC HD things for "crash
camera" type of situations- I'm aware of the stated limitations of
these little things but am interested in the possibility of have one or
two around for inserts and such, maybe give one to the director to shoot
things with... anybody know about bumping their output up to HDCam? Also
- the show involves about 100 CGI shots (it's a monster movie)... most
of which involve practical effects in the plates- any thought?... I have
made a small effort to try and get them to shoot S16 and transfer to HD
D5...but they are pretty set on the HD camera thing.... O.K., any thoughts,
suggestions, hopeful words, or commiseration will be appreciated...thanks,
Swamp you say?!?!?! I'm an HD owner/operator living in Naples, Florida
and boy do we have swamps down here. As a matter of fact I've done quite
a bit of work in the environment (Everglades) shooting HD both top side
and underwater (I own a housing too) and can certainly help with some
issues and concerns you may have with shooting in this sometimes difficult
>Also I'm thinking about trying
out the little JVC HD things for crash >camera" type of
Well you say HD feature so I assume that you mean that it will end up
on 35 mm. The JVC camera upconverted to 24P HD will look like S__T compared
to the rest of your photography. First of all it does not operate in any
kind of 24 Frame mode. That means converting the 60i or 30p to 24p.
This single chip camera has poor single to noise and poor dynamic range.
Also very poor lens compared with "REAL" lenses. What would
you expect from a camera of this price. Just because you call something
HD does not make it HD.
A Good Standard Def native 16 x 9 camera would be the best to shoot "SECOND"
unit. And the best camera at the moment would be the Panasonic SDX-900.
This camera has incredible pictures. Even has a "cine look"
mode. It operates in the 24P mode and you can extract these 24P images
from the 60 i video stream and upconvert to HD 24P with the new Panasonic
1700 tape machine in real time. And it cam use any number of lenses including
the new prime lenses.
On many night time and other shots these upconverted HD pictures would
indistinguishable from the HDCam images.
Just my opinion but based on images that I have seen.
Regards, Bill Hogan
I would venture to say that given the choice, footage from the Panasonic
DVX100 at 24p would be preferable to those from the JVC HD camcorder when
output to 35mm or upconverted to 24pHD.
Eliot Rockett wrote:
>even though the night air down
there is heavily dewy and wet- I worry >that we will constantly
be shut down by the dew switch- any thoughts?
Do not ever store the camera in an air conditioned space over night unless
you want to spend the first hours of your day sipping coffee while the
camera dries out.