Question by BigDickBetty: What kind of camcorder does michael moore use to make his documentary films?
i want to make a documentary film and i want a camera that is used in the industry what is that camera? i see a lot of nice expensive camcorders and i want to get one but i don’t want to get the wrong one you know.. can anyone help?
Answer by bolinger81380
As far as professional, you are looking at a $ 3,500 minimum just to start. This is for your most basic professional level miniDV camera. You should definitely get into a filmmaking workshop geared towards documentaries before you take on a project without the support of a school behind you and it gives you the skills you need plus access to equipment for your first project. Best to get it right the first time. I would not recommend following Michael Moore’s example myself. Even other filmmakers tend to shun him. Do with as you like though. Bottom line, if you are going to buy a professional miniDV, stick to brands like Canon, Sony, JVC, etc. that are known for their consumer level quality as well. Your best resource for finding the equipment you need(and you will need additional equipment as well and I suggest you own a computer(PC or Mac) and editing software(Avid(PC/Mac) or Final Cut Studio 2(Mac Only). If you are on a budget be judicious with your money. A budget minded system for editing would be a 24″ iMac and Final Cut Pro, unless you already have a PC that meets the stringent Avid Media Composer requirements. Getting into an editing lab on short notice can be difficult, and the hourly fees can get expensive. Do keep in mind you can always rent equipment but they usually require a significant deposit and insurance(which you will need anyway professionally).
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