03/13/2004: "The Canon XL1s"
OK, I spent the entire afternoon (except for a couple hours editing in PhotoShop) shopping online and doing price comparisons on the Canon XL1s. I found one deal that seemed pretty good but a lot less than what it sells for everywhere else which makes me suspicious. Also, I read in the magazine "Camcorder & Computer Video" a review of the JVC GR-HD1, the first consumer high definition camera on the market. It only has 1 CCD instead of 3 (like Canon) but according to the review, it's made up for when viewing on an HDTV.
It actually costs less than the Canon but doesn't have some of the same goodies, like exchangeable lenses, nor nearly the number of available accessories. Plus, I still have a soft spot for the XL1 since it was used for 28 Days Later. I have read so many reviews and visited so many stores and the cold hard truth is that I can't buy one now anyway. I'm hoping to sell enough paintings at my next show (July 2nd) to earn the money for one. If anyone knows any advantages/disadvantages between the Canon xl1s and the JVC GR-HD1, I'd LOVE to hear from you.
In the mean time, I've ordered a lot of books through Interlibrary loan on different aspects of making movies, from directing, to cinematography; to FX...some are geared towards film and others DV. Plus, I got some of those in the vein of Rebel without a Crew on budget filmmaking.
Now, this sounds really cheesy I know, but as I was working online there was this paid advertisement for a guru named Tony Robbins who is like a life coach or some such shit, but he has a set of CDs that give tips on reaching goals that seem impossible. So, since I was getting stuff through Interlibrary loan anyway, I went ahead and ordered it too (hey, it's free). I'm not at all, and never have been, into self help type crapola, but...I am so excited right now, and have so many cool projects in the hopper, that I'm willing to try anything that might give me a leg up. Lord knows I need one.