Photo: Christopher Comrie on location in Mexico by Samantha Swan
Generally on this blog, we have confined our discussions to the creative: posts about who and what can inspire indie filmmakers; storytelling concerns; directing techniques, et cetera, and all through an independent or low-budget or micro-budget independent filmmaking lens. In other words, we have tried to not make it yet another indie film post talking equipment.
Oh God, the ongoing fascination with equipment.
Cameras in particular. I don’t know what it is, but it seems I can’t attend a film Q&A without being asked “What did you shoot it on?” And if I’m one of the people in the audience, the camera question is one I always hear.
I’m not completely unsympathetic. It is understandable, if you are about to make your first film or a feature that has been put together on a wing and a prayer, held together by chewing gum, that you really want to check in with others of your ilk. “What equipment do you have? What did you shoot it on?” But those questions are often actually stand-ins for the panic-stricken “What is enough? Do I have enough to do this? I can’t possibly have enough!” And let’s face it, equipment is tangible. It’s much easier, and in some cases reassuring, to go to an equipment rental house or vendor and stand around talking cameras and tripods and lights. You can touch them. You can’t lean across the counter, caressing a stack of paper, saying “I’m not confident in my third act.” Well, you can, but all it would yield would be blank looks.
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