• Probably Canon XL2.
  • Technology is constantly changing, so it is difficult to nail down any specific camera that the aspiring filmmaker should use. That said, FILM technology hasn't fundamentally changed in over fifty years, so if you're looking for a medium that is "safe," film really is the best in a lot of respects. However, obtaining Super 8 or 16 film and equipment isn't as "easy" as getting video equipment. Quality filmstock, cameras, and editing equipment are mostly accessible to those who are near large production cities, like LA, NY, and Chicago. BUT, what this question misses is what should be of utmost importance to the aspiring filmmaker. Anyone who wishes to "make movies" is probably wanting to "direct" and NOT shoot. So, that being the case, if you are an aspiring DIRECTOR, concentrate on writing a fantastic script, engaging the help of a competent PRODUCER who is instrumental in dealing with the logistics of production, and "hire" a Director of Photography who knows more about lighting and camera than you ever will be or want to be. Also know that to get your movie accepted into a decent Festival requires a certain high level of quality that most inexpensive video cameras will not be able to deliver. If you want to practice making some quick movies as tests, then any camera will do. But if aspire to create a quality product, you'll need to spend more or find someone out there who already has the equipment (camera, lights, grip, electrics, etc) and has experience with camerawork and lighting. The point is to EMBRACE the specialization of filmmaking... figure out what YOU want to do and then find others who will help you to achieve it. If you don't want to be a DP, then find someone nearby who does. Let that person deal with the camera to use and the lights and the crew he/she needs to make it happen. As the Director, you are of course interested in knowing that the resources are there to bring the script to life, but being involved in the minutia of the equipment isn't necessary. Brian Dzyak Cameraman/Author IATSE Local 600, SOC

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