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Frank Neufeld

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  1. Hey everyone, I just wrapped up my first music video. Definitely a lot of things learned to improve workflow next time around but I'm relatively happy with the result. I would appreciate any advice on how to improve the next one and opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of this one. Thanks, Frank
  2. Thanks again for the advice. I ended up getting the Sony NEX VG30 and just received it this past week. So far I love it! I made a first look video going over my thoughts and showing some test footage: Hopefully it does the trick!
  3. Thank you for the advice! As much as chargers and power sources will be a pain, I do want to go with a digital camera. Having immediate access to files on memory cards will make organizing and backing them up much easier. I plan on getting some online server space so that when I do have access to an internet connection I can back them up in a remote location. I can't even imagine trying to deal with film (especially never having used it) for a year long trip and trying to keep things safe and organized. I'm also hoping to be able to create short films during my trip to showcase countries and experiences so I don't want to worry about having film processed. Arturo, the FS100 looks great but is just a bit out of my price range. I'm not looking to spend more than $5000 on the body, a basic lens, basic audio gear and maybe a tripod. Have you had any experience with the Sony Nex-VG line? I mentioned the VG30 but the VG900 seems to be creating some buzz with it's full frame sensor. It's a fair bit more expensive (body goes for $3300 while the VG30 with 18-200mm lens goes for $2700)...is it worth looking at spending the extra money just for the larger sensor and few upgraded features? I looked at renting some cameras to test, but at approx. $500 for a weekend, it seems like a poor investment when the I could put that towards the actual purchase. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. Right now I am definitely leaning towards the VG30...although I keep finding good arguments for the VG900 and DSLRs as well.
  4. Hi Everyone, This is my first post on the forum, I'm hoping it will be the motivating and educational community I need to break into the world of cinematography. I currently work as a graphic designer and dabble in some motion graphics, special effects and video editing. Gaining an understanding of cinematography seems like the natural route to round off these skill sets and allow me to bring my ideas to life. My first major project is a personal one. Next summer I'm hoping to go on a 1-year around the world backpacking trip and want to be able to document it and tell a compelling story. My inspiration includes the show Departures, the documentary A Map for Saturday and the documentaries by Vice. As a lone traveler and inexperienced filmmaker I don't have delusions of creating anything as high-quality as Departures but think something along the lines of A Map for Saturday is doable as long as the story is compelling. I haven't quite narrowed down a theme to focus on yet, I want to blend all my passions together and create a final product I can be proud of. Anyways, my most recent hurdle is trying to decide on a camera. I need something portable and am hoping to get the necessary equipment for under $5000. As much as the trip is my focus, I would like something I could use for projects including music videos, corporate videos, etc. as well. With much research, the ones that have caught my eye are the Sony Nex VG-30, the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. I do photography as well so have a familiarity with DSLRs and have seen some amazing videos come from them. I could use them as a dual purpose tool including photography and video. That being said, I'm not sure how I feel about the rigs and all the gadgets needed to make it perform well as a video camera. I like the feel of the Sony NEX VG-30 and it's ability to change lenses. I've consulted quite a few sales reps and it seems like it would be a suitable solution but having little experience with video gear it's tough to make a final call. Audio will be important as well and I think the VG-30 being built for video would handle it better and offer more accessories on the market. Those are the ones that have caught my attention but there are so many options out there it's hard to make that first leap and feel confident about a substantial investment. One thing they all have in common that I like is their ability to change lenses offering a lot of creative freedom and the artistic look associated with a shallow depth of field. If anyone has any advice I would be grateful. Thanks, Frank
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