Hello I'm a first time user, who's first question is a large and broad one that may result in people being extremely irritated . But I'd appreciate if - instead of telling me to look elsewhere - you could help a truely enthusiaitic person.
I'm gearing up to produce and direct my first independent feature film, and have some questions, primarily about achieving the fundamentals of a film look. However this question is far more specified than just how do they get the film look - I mean I've learned that the staple of a film look is shallow depth of field high dynamic range etc.
Before I begin ( and I will get there) I want to shoot digitally - so I don't have to waste my limited cash on film stock - and so I have greater control and can take repeated shots/takes etc. Also I want to achieve a professional look with the minimum fuss as possible; what I mean by that is I don't want to buy a camera, wheer the quality is good but not good enough ( meaning that then I'd have to search high and low for a setting - indoor or outdoor - that's good enough to register on my camera). And also a camera that I can use without needing any lighting equitment. Basically what I mean is I want the type of lenses and camera combination that will give me a film look with as little work as possible, also if these conditions coul be achieved with the cheapest price as possible that would be good, but not essential.
So here are my question(s)
1. on a percentage basis how much importance are the relationships between the lenses, camera's, lighting equitment and colour grading for getting a pro movie look.
for example is 10% down to lighting 20% lenses 10% colour grading 60% camera used. or is it something like 23% camera 70% lenses, 2% colour grading, 5% camera.
well that's the type of answer I'm looking for.
2. what are the best (and possibly cheapest) combination of camera and lenses to give the best pro look for example I know 28 days later was shot with a really cheap camera and expensive lenses ( I think they were expenss). so can anyone give me a good combination of camra and lenses hat could give me a pro look
3.What are the colour grading programmes that most american film studio's use - when and if - there in the process of using them.
Thanks. I'd really appreciate your response and expertise thank you.