Guide to Choosing Video Cameras for Low Budget Independent Films

If you make independent films, then wisely spending the shoestring budget that you are on is often a top priority. While choosing and buying equipment, you can get a lot of bang for your buck if you consider your options wisely. Follow these steps to help you pick up the perfect camera for your independent films.

Step 1: Choose Film Format

You will need to decide and choose the recording media for the movie--film or digital. This is based on the tone and look of the movie and is the first step to deciding the camera type for the venture. Try to find out more about the relative pros and cons of each recording media. Digital media will enable you to directly edit the footage while the film needs negative processing. This affects the cost considerations.

Step 2: Decide Film Requirements

You will need to comprehensively understand your film requirements and the look and feel of the movie. This understanding goes a long way in narrowing down the options for you. You will also need to consider the fact that you can choose to shoot the movie with a handheld or a shoulder mounted camera. This one factor has the potential to slash or multiply the costs significantly.

Step 3: Budgeting

It is advisable that you set several thousand dollars only for the camera if you intend to purchase rather than rent one. Also, make sure that the budget actually allows for realistic estimates for light and sound equipment.

Buying a camera is an expensive affair, but you can get some slack if you consider and weigh the options specified above.