Recently I shot a short film but needed to do this film with NO budget. I was able to get a camera for free as well as someone to shoot it - Sound however became a problem. Very few sound guys are eager or willing to "sponsor" equipment for a day and then further than that to work on-set and mix for free. I ended up using a Sony IC Recorder icd mx20 - I took this route partly for budget reasons (I got it for free) but mostly as an experiment in independent film making. Im not really happy with the sound I got from it, actually its terrible, so I was wondering what other alternative or innovative ways there are to record sound (read dialogue) on a small film set.
Things that I did like about the recorder though was the versatility of such a small device - I taped it to a boom pole, dropped it in the actors pocket or could go hand-held at any moment - I am looking for something like this that actually records good sound!