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Just wondering. How much have you spent on your equipment?

Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 1:04am

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I am a very amateur filmmaker and I feel like I have wasted money when I think about it. $349 camera, $150 software, $92 ALamDV2, $100 Props. It doesn't seem so much but to me I feel like I am spending $500 for someone else to see my crap. So what have you guys spent on your movies? I am curious to see...
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 1:10am

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lol too much

renting equipment etc - lights - other stuff - just bought an 1100 dollar camera haha

-MAGIC
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 1:17am

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Out of my wallet? 12 bucks.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 1:27am

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I dont have a job yet, and i dont get an allowance, so pretty much all i can spend is my parents money by begging biggrin Sometimes i save birthday and other occasion money for buying props, like lately i've spent quite a bit, on a soldier uniform for a war movie, like somewhere around $200 Canadian.
Other than that i go to a local dollar store and look around smile

I wanna get a job so i can save up for a better camera.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 1:28am

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Well, we don't know individual figures, but I'll give you an estimate of the "company" spending:

$1,100 for Mini-DV camera
$600 for boom mic
$400 for Digital Audio capture device
$500 on props and costumes (and booze)
$200+ on tapes (we have like literally 30+ tapes)

I'm not sure on the rest. Under $10, 000, but not by too much. No one got paid for thier services. Oh yeah, and one of ours (producer/sound guy) bought freaking "Pro Tools" and that's damn expensive.
Plus the programs. It all adds up. But hey- keep on truckin!
Spend now, reap the benefit of doing later.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 2:00am

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DPUMA8

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Wow. Almost $10,000. That is much more than I have expected.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 2:15am

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1,200 on my Camera
200 on my Tripod
100 on my Crane ( I bought parts and built it)
400 on Vegas
100 on Alamdv2
100 on Pinnacle Studio 9
100 on Screenblast Movie Studio
200 on Tapes
100 on Case
250 on Props
At the end of this summer I'm buying a Sony HDR-FX1 for 3,300
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 2:15am

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Well- most of the funding for audio came from our executive producer- Paul Bindra. He's Harmeet's (producer/sound guy) dad. Harmeet uses his debit card, then explains to him why we need a $600 boom mic, etc. His dad goes along with it cause he's a great guy... Invaluable to Macbeth, and I hope he loves the movie more than anyone- great dude.
The rest comes from hard work from part-time jobs, and willingness to dedicate your life to a cause- that cause is film.
You got to be dedicated. That's all I can say about that.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 5:39am

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Im glad to know others out there know what its like buying a damn expensive camera.. mine with accessories came to $3500
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 5:42am

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That's nothing compared to what I want.
The Canon GL2 baby... only $6000 away!
I need money.
Anyone who needs to get rid of money, email me and you can send it here!
That's right- it's the "Fund Supergun" campaign!
We need a new camera!
We need YOUR money!
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 5:46am

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Mad, what kind of camera are you using?
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 6:58am

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It's a Sony Mini DV.. don't know the model... too lazy to check... It's ALRIGHT, but nothing special. I want to upgrade to DV soon..
I'm writing a script right now and it's looking sweet.. all I need is that Canon GL2 and there will be no stopping me...
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 7:19am

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Are we counting computers here?
I only have 4 years experiance (I'm 14) so my equipment [really] sucks.
$600 for camera bundle (Sony DCR-TRV19, Extra battery, crap tripod, Wide Angle Lens)
$40 on Filters
$20 on lights
$50 on tapes
$150 on software -really, i've only had to buy 2 little programs and chromanator, iMovie has been doing the job. But I'm getting ahold of Final Cut soon for free!-
$10 on a microphone (It died...go figure)
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 8:37am

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Hmm, I just spend a lot on a new camera. Before I borrowed a camera. As far as spending money I think there are several important things to consider:

1: Keep things in balance. A lovely $5000 camera is indeed very nice, but if that leaves you no money for a decent microphone, tripod and all those other things needed you still end with a crappy movie. I was doubting between a 1700 and a 3700 euro camera. In the end I decided that image quality was going to improve a lot more if I was going to spend those 2000 euro on light, props etc then on the more expensive camera.

2: It's a pasttime, pasttimes cost money. But, especially when you start, you don't know how far you want to take it. Gradually improve. Start with a cheap camera (you don't have the experience to actually gain anything with that expensive camera anyway, as long as you don't get something that really sucks) cheap sound etc. When you decide you like what you are doing, start improving on your equipment.
At some point you'll find that you want better sound: Buy a decent external microphone, and maybe an MD recorder.
Editing: I started editing with Studio 7. I am now hitting its limits, so I will probably switch to Liquid.
And later, when you switch to a better camera, the old one is still usefull for second viewpoints or for example on a steadycam. (the cheaper camera's are in general also a lot lighter). A marverlous shot with mediocre image quality is in general better then a mediocre shot with marvelous image quality.

3: Ebay and the likes are your friends. It doesn't matter if some of your equipment is a bit beat up, it just makes things easier when using it smile

Regards, Eelco
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Hrm... I got a real nice MiniDV cam at Frys for about $300

-Lando
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DPUMA8 wrote:

So what have you guys spent on your movies?
You don't want to know, trust me biggrin. But out of my own pocket I have probably spent around £200.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 3:20pm

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Original setup:

Sony Hi8 Handycam - £400 (also for holiday)
DC10+ Video Capture Card - £100 (minus £100 for freelance editing job)
Sony Minidisc audio recorder - £220
Sony Mindisc microphone - £80
Beyer (i think) headphones - £60
skylight filter - £7
UV filter - £7
Polarising filter - £25
Bigger hard drive - £80 (40Gb)
cheap n nasty tripod - £30
Halogen lighting - *ahem* free...

New setup:

Canon MVX100i - £450 (gift)
Firewire card - £20
Bigger hard drive - £60 (120Gb)
Wide angle lens - £30
Extra battery - £25
Extra SDcard (512 meg) - £25
Neutral density filter - £25
DVD Writer - £50 (gift)

Happily, the old filters fit the new camera!
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 3:25pm

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DPUMA8 I have friends who spend $500 on a night at the casino. Dont look at it as a waste of money. Look at it as an investment. Even if you're films are only for your own enjoyment, and never see the light of day. I still think it's money well spent. My company has spent around $30,000 Australian Dollars between 6 people over 4 years. Which equals around 10 pounds now days I think. Computers, cameras, lights, insurance etc etc etc. You have to back yourself. Spend money to make money. All those quotes we look at to justify this addiction.
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I have bought:

$400 3d program
$1000 Camera
$180 CSB Products
$80 Shotgun Mic
$50 iDVD
$30 Tripod
$20 Monopod
Free Steadicam
That's all I can think of now. o_0


And I am about to buy a $2500 laptop so I can edit on the go, and at home as well, because the computer I have now is sloooow. I am also about to buy a new battery for my camera...
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 4:14pm

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My List

$1200 on Camera
$500 on Vegas, AlamDV2, and various other softwares
$2500 on hot rod Computer


thats about it for now.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 4:17pm

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oops, forgot to mention the software:

AlamDV1 - £3.99 (from a magazine cover)
AlamDV2.5 - £50
AlamDV3 - Should be the free upgrade, and I can't wait...
Chromanator - £45
Digigrade - £0 as yet, I can't wait for that either...
Pinnacle Studio 7 (to get the capture card to work with XP) - £20
Axogon - Free
Zweistein - Free
Avid Free DV - Free
Audacity - Free
Blender - Free
Icarus 2.8 - Free
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 4:36pm

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its not the equiptment, is how you use it.

give a skilled man the same equiptment as you and he could create a master piece.

I've always said as long as you have a camera and can edit, the rest ( even a tripod ) is not important.
Posted: Thu, 31st Mar 2005, 6:25pm

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b4uask30male wrote:

its not the equiptment, is how you use it.

give a skilled man the same equiptment as you and he could create a master piece.

I've always said as long as you have a camera and can edit, the rest ( even a tripod ) is not important.
But ity is good to have other stuff, as you yourself would know. All that stuff is just more luxury. I think this is more of a curiosity thread though, I don't think he wants to go blow off the amount of money we have spent, otherwise he would probably be broke. wink
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haha yeah good point Serpent. Misery loves company. Kind of a support thread maybe. Nice to know you aren't the only one spending a small fortune on this kind of stuff. Well DPUMA8 you aren't alone champ.
Posted: Fri, 1st Apr 2005, 12:49am

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I was just curious because I felt I had spent too much money. First it was a camera and then a program, but then it spilled into more costs. Then I remember that I am a broke college student and I see that I spent a lot of time and money making my crappy movies. I thought everyone was in the same boat as me until I saw that people wanted cranes and $3000 cameras. I feel sometimes that I am in the wrong forum. I make dumb movies for friends and family. Many on here seem to be aspiring professional directors and movie makers. Way out of my league.

I don't regret my purchases and experiences with making little goofy pictures, I just can't believe how much it costs and how much others have spent.
Posted: Fri, 1st Apr 2005, 1:02am

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Yeah it really is an expensive hobby I could have put all of the money I've spent towards my car. Wow that would be kind of nice, but I don't regret spending any of it. I wonder what Spielberg could do with a cheap mini dv camera and a simple editing program.
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It's not a waste of time, and who cares if you plan to pursue a career or make movies for your friends?
It's still art, and you're still having fun. That's all that counts.
We started out just making movies for fun. Now we're a little more gung-ho about it... mainly because we like it so much we'd like to do it full time.
What you're doing is just as admirable- you're doing it for passion! Sure, you don't want to make a living off of it, but in 20 years, you'll have a record of something you DID.
It's still good.

-Logan-
Posted: Fri, 1st Apr 2005, 5:14am

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First off, all prices are USD, if you were wondering:
2 Dell Inspiron 4250's- $1500 each (gifts)
2 Sony Handycams- around $1000 each (gifts)
Bogen Monopod- $60
Sony tripod w/ zoom controller- $169
Sunpak tripod- $139
Memory stick for stills- $30
Greenscreen fabric- $20
PhotoFlex Starlite Softlight- $399
Fake/Airsoft Guns- $50
Gaffer's tape- $20
Headphones for on-camera playback- $12
Headphones for boom operator- $30
Microphone for boom- $50
Costumes and props- $100
Worklight for outdoor/nighttime shooting- $30
Extension cables- $18
Supplies for dollies/steadycams- $150
Blank DVDs and labels- $100
Blank VHS tapes for VCR playback- $20
Ink and paper (script printing)- $30
Vegas Video 3- around $300 if I remember correctly
and, of course, AlamDV2- $100

And that- excluding the cameras and computers- comes to a whopping $1827. Whew. I did NOT know I spent that much until I just now tabulated it.All this stuff has pretty much solely been used for film. My major investment here was the light, which is well worth it.
Posted: Fri, 1st Apr 2005, 5:24am

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What atom just posted was what I wrote, I thought it was going to be posted underben3308, for at the top of the page it reads 'Welcome back ben3308', however, it says atom posted. Strange.
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I know a guy who is a drag car racer. He has no sponser. Wins no events. Spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on his car. And lives for the weekend. I asked him to justify how much money he spends on his "hobby". He said you can't put a price on things that give you a reason to live. Now this might be the extreme. Bottom line however is if you enjoy making films, the price is justifiable. Its one of those wonderful industries whereby you can work for 20 years living as a poor man, but a happy poor man. You make a successful movie and get paid millions of dollars, and will most likely put every cent of that into your next movie, and still be a happy man. Depends if this is what you want to do though. When I get really broke I shoot a wedding. Edit it and make some dollars. Make your investment work for you maybe?
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Canon gl2 - $2000 (Birthday+Christmas gift)
Tripod - $160 ( Given to me by someone who doesnt use it)
Software - $800 ( Gifts )
Directors Cap - $20 ( Yay my Czech hat, gift from my uncle who came to visit me from my homeland. )
Tapes and extra stuff - $50 ( Usually bought by parents )

The minimal amount of shorts I have made (9 none of which are on fxhome) - Priceless

Well most of my stuff were gifts over a period of 2 years. The most expensive item the gl2 was bought for me and for the entire family ( My step dads the type that has to have all the latest stuff same as me dvr, lcd tv's, great cameras, computers, laptops, mp3 players, speakers all that good stuff.) So Ive got it made, now to just get out and find the time to use it.

hugegrin
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Sony Mini DV Camera - $300

Adobe Premiere 6.0 - $699

Pinnacle Studio 8 - $99

Alam DV2 - $90

Adobe Photoshop 5.0 - $169

Blender 3D - $0

Ambico Tripod - $25

A great community of FXHomers... Priceless


For scoring I'm intending on buying some additional Smart Sound CD's for Premiere and Studio 8. And I'll probaly eventually be buying Chromonator and a nice greenscreen. Possibly Digigrade but I'm currently pretty content with using Photoshop as my ColorGrader.

-Landon
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Camera: 4,500
AlamDV: 100
Boom mic: free
Lights: free
Green screen material: 40.00
Camera dolly: 70
Tripod: 150
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ugh.

Canon XL2.............$5800
Editing "Suite"........$5000
Avid Xpress Pro......$379.95
Firewirecard...........$150.00
Firewirecard...........$90.00
Firewirecard...........$40.00
Firewirecard...........$20.00
Realizing 6-pin firewire is extremely dangerous.....$300.00

bribing an independant film company to take up on with your XL2 so you have access to all their lights, mics, boom poles, cranes, dollies......

priceless.

There are something's money can't buy. For everything else---- there's debt.... and "student aid".
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Dear God, an XL2 for 5800.
I managed to get the kind people at Wolf camera to give me one with the wide angle lens for 4,500.
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Mr Anderson wrote:

Dear God, an XL2 for 5800.
I managed to get the kind people at Wolf camera to give me one with the wide angle lens for 4,500.
I'm Canadian. Canadian Funds.
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Hey- Can I have your XL2?
I'll say nice things about you!
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Realizing 6-pin firewire is extremely dangerous.....$300.00
How is that dangerous?
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timmyd wrote:

memphisrainz wrote:


Realizing 6-pin firewire is extremely dangerous.....$300.00
How is that dangerous?
Well--- after my 6-pin firewire card cooked $11 000 dollars in equipment (most of which was under warranty----thankfully!)

I decided to do some research. Apparently, the 2 extra pins are power. The thought of power going from my computer to my camera scares me. I've not captured video from my XL2 in my computer yet.

I've looked around and ordered a couple different cards, and none work properly.
I believe Sony is in a big lawsuit right now related to firewire and fried equipment.

I shudder to think what the Firewire2 will be like.
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JVC DVL9500 - 1500$ 5 years ago (it's the family camera)

Software - ugh, must have about 3000$'s worth, although I got most of it off my uncle for uber cheap

Tripod - some old thing my dad has had for maybe 20 years

Microphone setup - two 10-year old mics plugged into the camera



Gotta love low budgets neutral
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In the last 12 months my wife and I have spend around £20,000 (UK).
That's about $37,686.46 USD eek

And there's still LOADS of kit I need. We had to sell our house to get our business up and running (plus pay off loads of debts biggrin ) and that moneys almost gone now sad . But business is picking up and we'll soon be able to afford MORE equipment biggrin


The video business ain't cheap!

NoClue & Slayer
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me... 450-camera,, 1800-imac,, 30-tripod,, 2000-software,, 175-props
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pooky wrote:

JVC DVL9500 - 1500$
Gotta love low budgets neutral
Oh, yeah, super-low. smile