Originally Posted by MikeDaMan
Hello everybody! My Fiance and I have been working on a screenplay for a long amount of time. And we are ready to shoot. We have been saving money up aside and we aren't sure if she should go for a camcorder or a DSLR... I've been looking at T2i's and HF10's/HF20's on ebay for REALLY prices.. Found a HF10 going for $150... Anyway I'm trying to achieve a similar look of what they had on the movie Crank 2 High Voltage.. their main camera was an XHA1.. I do not have money for that.. My budget is mostly probably under $500 I've been looking at HF20 videos on vimeo and golly im impressed! But you guys here are the pros and I need help.. I will also be editing on a Laptop. 3 Core processor with 4GB of RAM with Sony Vegas Pro.. I would really appreciate any help. Thank you!
T2i is better for filmmaking, but there is a learning curve. You'll want to learn how to pull focus manually, which is what virtually all filmmakers do anyway. I'd recommend the T2i with the Magic Lantern firmware hack. Many valuable pro features are added and it's super easy. The T2i smokes the XHA1 though for filmmaking. Download a picture style like Mavel's Cinema (the newest one) or CineStyle if you can grade well.
I shot this fake horror teaser trailer with random clips I had shot here and there (with the exception of the dusting effect):
(You may need to click the button on the video to change it to HD or it may play in 360p, especially when full screened)
THE EVIL DARK (HORROR TEASER)
(My SUPER SPEED special fx click)
Do not forget what a HUGE part audio is in filmmaking. Most people don't really have a clue. If the camera has automatic gain either record audio separately or use a camera that has manual audio. I hacked my T2i so I could manually adjust the audio gain. That automatic gain control KILLS the sound quality.