By: Stormy Hupp and Erin McLynch
It’s a common misconception that filmmaking requires top of the line equipment, a big crew and a deep pocket of change. In my time at school I have realized that it’s not at all about how much money you have, the size of your crew or what camera you use; it’s about the story. At the end of the day, when audiences are watching a film they’re invested in the story. The point of a film is to transport your audience to another time and place and to evoke emotions; to make them laugh, scream and cry. The best filmmaking is invisible, which means the focus is on the story. When you have done your job as a filmmaker effectively, the audience won’t care about the camera you used or your budget or the size of the crew; at the end of film all they remember is the story.
There have been great films shown at Sundance that were shot entirely on an iPhone. Plenty of major motion pictures have been shot on a DSLR and they look equally as cinematic and get the message across just as well as a top of the line Arri Alexa camera would. DSLRs are a great option to shoot your film on a low budget because they are very affordable and look very professional. Not to mention, there are several benefits of using a smaller camera, such as, it allows you more freedom to move around freely and to get creative shots that you couldn’t get with a large bulky camera. It also cuts down on crew and time which saves money. If you’re using a small camera you don’t need to spend time on set building the camera and you don’t need several people just to run it which is important if you’re low on budget or crew members.
We are storytellers first and filmmakers second. Our main focus and goal at the end of the day is to tell a good story; stop focusing on money, cameras, and budget that you don’t have and instead focus on the story and the tools you do have.
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