Having a full crew meeting on a microbudget film is absolutely key as the place to get the plan out to everyone, allow people to meet all together for the first time (they're about to embark on a really intense couple of weeks together - better to meet first in a moment of calm). It's also important as the place to clear up any questions or confusion. It's also an important learning experience for the filmmakers. Here's what we learned from our crew meeting days prior to our first feature.
What I’m definitely not going to do is go on and on and about the Battle Royale that everyone was talking about when we shot our first film: the Nikon D800 vs the Canon 5D MkIII. Canon’s moiré filtering vs Nikon’s HDMI out. Canon’s high ISO abilities vs Nikon’s bigger sensor. There’s plenty of that discussion out there already. Both have strengths. Both have weaknesses. In the end its about the story and about the camera team’s ability to convey that story in images.
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