The Largest Video Store in the World

This past weekend, I shot this short film about Scarecrow Video, the largest independent video store in the world, which is fighting to survive in the era of Netflix and Redbox. This video was shot using a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, a 20mm f/1.7 Panasonic lens, a $50 Polaroid hand-held rig, and a Sennheieser wireless microphone feeding into a Zoom H4n. In other words, the total equipment cost for this thing was less than $2400. It's an amazing time to be a filmmaker.

One year ago, I had pretty much no idea how to shoot or edit a video. Today, after hundreds of hours of reading cinematography blogs, watching Lynda online video tutorials, and shooting dozens of practice videos, I'm having my first video project debuted at (plus getting featured on Slate and The Dissolve). It's been a long, arduous, rewarding journey, but it proves my theory that if you are willing to give up all of your free time and a significant chunk of your sanity, you can learn how to do something cool.

The video took about 2.5 hours to shoot and 10 hours to edit/grade. Your thoughts on it are welcome.

1 comments :: The Largest Video Store in the World

  1. Awesome video. Makes me realize how much I miss going to video stores, browsing the titles, and making my selections based on the coolness of the cover art. Unfortunately I was stuck with Blockbuster as a kid and wasn't able to enjoy a shop as unique as Scarecrow. LOVE their "how disturbing is it?" meter. I've never seen A Serbian Film, but am strangely intrigued now.

    I'll definitely be going out of my way to make a stop at Scarecrow whenever I make it out to Seattle. Great filmmaking, David!

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