I noticed today that Panasonic has announced 32 gig P2 cards (the kind my camera uses), for a street price of around $1,600. Those things will do 32 minutes of 1080p recording. Unfortunately I don't think any of the P2 cameras do native 24 fps recording to save a little space, but they do all do native 720p at 24 fps (the 1080p records extra frames to throw away, wasting space). So for 720/24p, that's 80 minutes of recording time for every card. That's awesome. Hopefully the 16 gig cards will go down in price now, because I'd like to have one of those.
Incidentally, the HPX500 is out. What a sweet camera. Had this been out a year and a half ago, I would've spent the extra money for it. Big 2/3" CCD's, Anton-Bauer batteries, real lenses... I get a little moist just thinking about it. If I do actually get a film made with my HVX200, you better believe I'll look into it.
I was actually thinking about the film making thing again, as it kind of dropped out of the forefront of my brain for a little while. An idea for another screenplay popped into my head, inspired and borrowing from some of my other ideas. The question is whether it will be a short or a feature length. I haven't really decided. I think I can probably do more with it if I keep it short (and by extension, less expensive).
The screenplay is starting to get fairly clear in my head, which is startling considering I spend so much time wondering what the "right" idea is. If I let it marinate for a little while I think I could get it to paper pretty quickly. I don't know if it'll be any good, but that's not really the point.
Movies are on the brain in part because of my recent evaluation of the things important to me with regards to the volleyball thing. Plus there is a Coen Brothers movie out, and I just picked up Planet Terror and Death Proof. The former has those great special features that Robert Rodriguez does about making films, and I look forward to checking that out.