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Old September 7th, 2004, 02:26 PM   #1
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A cool story!

What a cool story! I was saying the Francis Ford Coppola quote about a fat girl in Ohio making a cinema masterpiece with her dad's camcorder 5.5 years ago, to convince myself that spending $15,000 on a Canon XL-1, Apple G3 Power Mac, Final Cut Pro 1.0, and more gear to make my first film. I was laughed at by many people for even considering using:

1. A digital video camera.

2. An Apple (at that time, Avid left Apple for the PC world and the iMac had come out 7 or 8 months before).

3. A new, untested NLE, FCP (okay, to be honest, I had bought Premiere 5.1 and hated it for 6 months before I bought FCP and have been hooked since then--Premiere 5.1 was available and FCP was a month away from going on sale, after NAB 1999).

Well, these guys keep proving that digital cinema is here to stay. And, not only that, they did their film (retro sci-fi) much like Sky Captain: digital (DV vs. HD) and green screen. I love that they spent $30,000 while Sky Captain was $60 million.

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Old September 7th, 2004, 04:21 PM   #2
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Yeah, that's a very cool story. Someone posted the link about a week ago on this forum. Pretty damn inspiring. I'm surprised more people haven't commented on it.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 05:26 PM   #3
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Wow, what a concept. I love the articles that ProVideo does, they're really inspiring. I'm thinking about heading down to LA to catch the film at the Silver Lake film fest.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 05:29 PM   #4
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ProVideo, as in, Apple.com?

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Old September 8th, 2004, 05:45 PM   #5
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Yes Heath, on apple.com

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Old September 8th, 2004, 06:20 PM   #6
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That's a funny coincidence! One of the actors in "Able Edwards", Johari Johnson, was also in my most recent Instant Film; she was just telling me last night about this quirky little green screen film she worked on. And there it is. That's great for the filmmakers that they got the exposure on the Apple site (we've been trying to get Instant Films some play via that pipeline for a while now!)
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