I've been a proud HV20 owner/user since 2007 and a couple of years ago I decided it was time to try to make a feature film on the little sucker. I wrote a script entitled "Throwback" -- a horror/adventure tale inspired by '70s bigfoot movies and jungle adventure flicks like "The Most Dangerous Game" -- and started shooting it last year. Right now, we're about 70% of the way through filming and I'm proud to share with you all the movie's first teaser trailer:
There's also a brief info page about the movie here which will gradually be expanded and updated over time: http://www.travisbain.com.au/throwback.htm
Now for the technical details. The movie is being filmed on a Canon HV20 (duh) with a Rode shotgun mic mounted straight on the camera. I'm recording 1440x1080 25psf to Sony professional HDV tapes and editing everything in Adobe Premiere Pro on a custom-built PC with a Nvidia GTX570 GPU and an Intel Core i7-2600K CPU with 8GB of RAM. I'm colour grading with Magic Bullet and plan to use Adobe Soundbooth to do the eventual sound mix. Half the time I shoot off a Manfrotto tripod and the other half I shoot handheld using a monopod for stability. You can get great tracking shots with a monopod once you get the hang of it. It's like a poor man's Steadicam. Filter-wise, I'm really just using a neutral density and occasionally a Tiffen Ultra Contrast filter to flatten out the contrast in bright daylight scenes. Most of the time, I'm shooting wide open and zooming in slightly from a distance to get a shallower depth of field. I'm matting the movie to CinemaScope 2.35:1 in post to give it a more sweeping, epic feel. For some shots, I'm shooting 1080i and converting the footage to slow-motion in post, and it looks really nice (see the guy-falling-in-the-water shot towards the end of the teaser trailer). Whenever I shoot low-light footage and there's noise, I just zap it out with the Virtualdub Neat Video plugin (www.neativdeo.com), which is awesome. I'm also using a Kodak ZX3 waterproof camera to get some underwater shots for the movie and shots close to the water that are too risky for the HV20.
Anyway, I hope you all like my teaser trailer. A full trailer will follow later in 2012 and the movie itself (which will run about 90 minutes) is due for completion sometime in 2013.