The Must-Have Cameras For 2020

Here we list the best DSLR cameras for 2019

As the year comes to an end and we are all planning for a big 2019, the big question on everyone’s minds is: What camera shall I buy for 2020?

In this article we cover a variety of DSLR’s – no one goes a miss!

1. Canon EOS 2000D DSLR

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The Overview

This camera is one of our personal favourites for photography and filmmaking. This is the ideal starter camera for amateur filmmakers. With an easy-to-use set up its hands down one of the best starter cameras, with a 24.1-megapixel resolution, the quality to cost ratio is favourable. So, start your filmmaking career today with this exceptional camera –
you can easily connect, shoot and share on the go.

Key Features:

  • 24.7MP optical sensor resolution.
  • 24.1MP effective still resolution.
  • Camera dimensions: 16.6 x 22.2 x 13.8 cm.
  • EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II.
  • 3x Optical Zoom.

2. Nikon D5300

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The Overview

This camera is an incredible piece of kit. This camera has created a lot of cinematic shorts in its time. One of the best can be seen here. It has a razor sharp auto focus and ISO light-sensitivity range of 100-25600 key allows you to shoot a crisp and natural film which is easy on the eye and ultimately great fun to film!

Key Features:

  • 24.78MP optical sensor resolution.
  • 24.78MP effective still resolution.
  • Camera dimensions: 6.9 x 12.4 x 9.7 cm.
  • ISO light-sensitivity range of 100-25600.

3. FUJIFILM X-T3

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The Overview

This is a high-performance premium camera that will become an inseparable partner in your artistic journey. This camera aims to please your filmmaking needs and provides you with the resources to create the dream film. It’s also a great tool for vloggers providing you with the right exposure to capture that crisp film – add a Rode shotgun mic and you are on your way to YouTube domination.

Key Features:

  • Back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, boasting a resolution of 26.1MP.
  • 3.69-million-dot high-resolution EVF with a high magnification ratio of 0.75x.
  • 4K/60P movie recording.
  • Complete with XF18-55mm lens.
  • X-T3 Body – Black.
  • XF18-55mm Lens.
  • Li-ion battery NP-W126S.
  • Battery charger BC-W126S.
  • Shoe-mount flash unit EF-X8.

So there it is. Our favourite cameras for 2019. Kick the new year off with one of best, most affordable DSLR’s to kick off your next short film!

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How you can make an incredible film with no budget

Here we show you how anyone can make a short film and the steps to creating your exciting project.

Making a short film is a great way to gain essential filmmaking experience as well as having a finished product to add to your expanding filmmaking arsenal.

The entry barriers these days in a digital world are now a lot lower than the past – it’s a great time for storytellers to get their material out there. With the opportunity of filming a short film through your mobile phone and uploading it onto many different platforms to get seen by millions, the opportunity is definitely there.

Here we will help set the guidelines from your initial idea/concept and help you bring that through to post-production.

The idea/concept:

The Idea

Coming up with the initial idea can come through a number of avenues, whether it’s an experience, a joke someone told, something you saw, a family members story or just a concept you think “this will be fun to make”. Whatever it is, get that idea down on paper and grow it. Flesh it out and find the starting point and how the story will arc.
Writing the script:

My go-to script software is Celtx – free edition – a fantastic piece of software for a filmmaker. It has everything you need to write your first script and very user-friendly. The best way to plan the script is set out into 3 chapters and work through them individually and iterate. It’s also good practice to map out your characters and build them out – not just “Terrance is in his early 20’s, rough and wears a bag”. I know you are thinking, why do I have to include all of this in my script? It will bulk it out too much. That isn’t the case, you won’t include any of that in the script – simply, what you are doing is building up a character and by doing that you have a detailed idea of the character and can use this to drive the story.

The Storyboard:

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Nb. It doesn’t have to be a work of art. It can even be a stick person!

The storyboard fleshes out the shots you will need for creating your film as well as what is needed in terms of props and multiple shots for post-production. You can use this for multiple other aspects – call sheets, lenses to use for the DoP and the props for the shoot. It also helps for continuity.

My favourite program to create these on – we use good old fashioned paper and a pen but when going digital it’s always: Wonder Unit. It’s fantastic software and free to use.
Filming:
Location: Make sure you look at writing your film to one or two locations max. This will save you a lot of money and also time. It will also help carve a story as you know what your restrictions are. But having a location restriction does not mean your film will flop – check out this short for a one location shoot, it’s incredible.

Camera:

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You don’t have to spend a thing. You have a high-quality filming device right on you as you read this but a low-cost camera that will create an incredible film is also possible.

We love the Canon 2000D, but you can make incredible films on your iPhone and filmmaking apps to change the look by browsing the app store – a great filming app is:

We advise buying a camera once you have got 2-3 films under your belt. This will give you a real idea of what works for your filmmaking style.

Editing:

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Da Vinci Resolve – a free download and it’s at an industry level. The levels of editing in this piece of software are unbelievable in their free edition – definitely the best freemium package! Another option if you want something simple but effective is iMovie. It has the capability to edit a short film to a high standard.

Marketing your film:

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It really depends on the budget. But having 0 budget doesn’t mean you can’t get a huge reach on your film. For instance, you can approach businesses or brands who can relate to your story in some way and ask them to share your film, it will them kick off a domino effect. An Instagram campaign with the right tags and post times can create a buzz, especially within the #shortfilm #indiefilmmakers #filmmakers hashtags.

We hope this is helpful to you, feel free to give us a shout here and remember there are NO barriers to filmmaking, get out there and tell your story!

P.s find out here how to get your film funded!