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Day 125: Revenge of the Camcorder

It’s taken a lot of research but I finally have bought and ordered all of the equipment I need for the Eternal Camping Indiegogo video. Just to clarify: this isn’t necessarily the equipment we will use for the film (although some of it we can).

Today was buying the last and yet most important piece of the puzzle: a Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX405 Handycam Camcorder. I also bought a 64GB memory card to go with it. The cost is higher than I was willing to pay a week ago but I decided that it would be worth it. It helps that I got a pretty good deal on the camcorder/flash card and the warranties (yes I opted for the warranties).

So equipment for the Indiegogo video? Check. Location? Check. All I need now is a crew for the January 30th shoot.

There are also a few updates I’d like to relay on this post:

[*] I am still in need of a crew for the Indiegogo video pitch on  January 30th. If you are interested, feel free to e-mail me. I need a DP, a boom operator, and perhaps a gaffer. You’ll get pizza, Coffee Bean, and I will give you a credit in the final film product as part of the Indiegogo team!

[*] Thank you to everyone who has auditioned so far! As a note, I don’t plan on really reviewing the submissions until February rolls around. If you are interested in auditioning, please click the arrow to the right of the screen and click the link to go to the Backstage page. I especially need submissions for Houston, Laredo, Antonio, and Dallas.

Day 124: Magic Boom Mike

I’ve continued to purchase equipment for the Indiegogo video. First there was the tripod for about $20. I started looking at cameras but I have yet to come to a decision on which one to buy. I did make a decision on which microphone to buy.

I went with the Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone. This was a cheap mike ($55 only) and had really good reviews on Amazon. It might even be a microphone we could use in some shots for the actual movie! It was also designed for use with video cameras which is a bonus. I can also use the microphone to record audio for the teaser.

I didn’t just buy a microphone. I also bought a handheld boom pole. It was cheap, has great reviews, and should be pretty standard for any microphone I use whether for the Indiegogo video or actually shooting the movie. For those who are paying attention, yes I am going over budget for the Indiegogo video but I should be able to use some of the equipment on Eternal Camping while having professional production values.

There are also a few updates I’d like to relay on this post:

[*] I am still in need of a crew for the Indiegogo video pitch on  January 30th. If you are interested, feel free to e-mail me. I need a DP, a boom operator, and perhaps a gaffer. You’ll get pizza, Coffee Bean, and I will give you a credit in the final film product as part of the Indiegogo team!

[*] Thank you to everyone who has auditioned so far! As a note, I don’t plan on really reviewing the submissions until February rolls around. If you are interested in auditioning, please click the arrow to the right of the screen and click the link to go to the Backstage page. I especially need submissions for Houston, Laredo, Antonio, and Dallas.

Day 123: Attack of the Tripods

With the January 30th date looming in just a few weeks, I need to make sure that I’m ready for such a shoot. I’ve already calculated that the Indiegogo video should cost me about $130. What I did today was go on Amazon and start actually making a decision on which equipment to buy. Today I concentrated on tripods. I wanted to get an affordable but sturdy tripod. I might not be able to afford a top-of-the-line tripod but then again I don’t actually need one for this shoot. A good old $20 tripod can do the trick.

In the end, I decided to go with the AmazonBasics 60-inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag. I went with this tripod because of the good reviews on Amazon (four-and-a-half stars) and it can hold large-sized camcorders. This is a tripod I can also use in the future. I’m not sure if it’s one I’d use for the main camera in the movie but I decide to use the Indiegogo video camcorder as a second camera in the movie, I could use this tripod. In other words, I think it’s worth a buy.

There are also a few updates I’d like to relay on this post:

[*] I am still in need of a crew for the Indiegogo video pitch on  January 30th. If you are interested, feel free to e-mail me. I need a DP, a boom operator, and perhaps a gaffer. You’ll get pizza, Coffee Bean, and I will give you a credit in the final film product as part of the Indiegogo team!

[*] Thank you to everyone who has auditioned so far! As a note, I don’t plan on really reviewing the submissions until February rolls around. If you are interested in auditioning, please click the arrow to the right of the screen and click the link to go to the Backstage page. I especially need submissions for Laredo, Antonio, and Dallas.