Friday, October 26, 2012

Making puppet videos

Thought i'd write a little about making puppet video seeing as I've had a few enquiries as to how to go about it.
Having spent a fair deal of time one side of the lens it was interesting to take on a project where I would direct and shoot the video. I recently posted the finished video for 'The River' and look for a new video coming soon.

 It is now so affordable to make good quality videos with just a little outlay on equipment.

Firstly cameras, I don't claim to be an expert on cameras, in fact quite the opposite but the technology has really come on in the last few years. If you haven't already got yourself a decent camera and want to have a go at making some videos I can highly recommend the Panasonic Lumix G range. I started out with a G2 which is an interchangeable lens camera thats slightly smaller than a DSLR. The camera's are great value as they will allow you to photograph your products brilliantly if you are a puppetmaker who sells there work too. This camera has been super seeded  by the G3 and more recently the G5 so if you want to buy new then go for one of those but if you are really on a budget you can pick up the G2 readily on ebay.

If you think that you are going to take it a lot more seriously then a really good step up video wise is the GH1 and GH2 cameras. They are a little less user friendly for photos but have the best video for the price in my opinion. Its not just the quality is the ability to change all the shutter/aperture/iso settings and apply them to the video, a lot of cameras in the same bracket only allow that versatility in photo mode not video. The GH1 and 2 also have a hdmi live feed out so you can use a monitor to see how your puppetry is going, this is very useful if its just you. Grab a GH2 while you can as the GH3 is coming soon but this will be a lot more money.

More to follow soon

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