I am new to the forum and although I have been scouring it for weeks I am still a little confused about what I should purchase. Here's my situation:
I am a Junior on High School planning to attend film school after I graduate. When I found out I would need to submit samples of my work with my college application I figured I better start building a portfolio. From what I've researched the HV series is a good place for a beginner film maker to start.
I plan to make as many 5-10 min short films as I can. Hopefully you can advise me on what to buy.
I know I want to buy the camera new and from what I can tell the currently priced at $700 HV40 on Amazon is the way to go. What I'm less clear on is the mic, tripod, and other accessories I should get. My budget is ~$1000, although that can be adjusted if deemed absolutely necessary. If you would please just compile a list of what I should purchase to start shooting with I would appreciate that greatly. I also would love to have a greater control over Depth of Field so if you think a 35mm adapter will fit into my budget please advise.