If you’re working on a gig as a camera assistant (AC), you’re going to find out why some moan and groan when shooting with DSLR’s. A lot of the reason behind these hissy-fits are the camera’s impracticalities in a film production environment — or “gotchas” — and here are three of them that can stall your production or even ruin your footage.
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One of the important aspects of choosing focal lengths will have to do with what kind of field-of-view the camera provides. Luckily, there is an internet web tool that will allow you to compare different lenses on different cameras without ever having to shoot some tests.
It seems these days that the gap between independent films and Hollywood couldn’t be greater. Where the bread and butter of indie films has always been small character dramas, Hollywood is finding more ways to expel these stories from its gables and make spectacle, “tentpole,” films its area of focus.
As we leave 2010 behind, there’s no doubt that the digital cinematography race is getting tighter with options across the board. Three major players – RED, ARRI, and Canon – are chasing the trophy. But how do they stack up against each other?
A couple of weeks ago I worked as a camera assistant/swing on a behind-the-scenes shoot for a Virginia lottery commercial. The commercial, which centered around a dog wrapping lottery tickets as gifts for his owners, was shot in Richmond, VA.
Shooting exteriors in bright sunlight, or in a brightly lit set, can make it difficult to see viewing systems on any camera. This is especially true on the DSLR form factor where the LCD screen is comparably tiny to dedicated film or video cameras. That’s where the hoodman comes in.
Josh Davidson is an actor, director and overall one-man-band filmmaker whose newest movie is sure to make waves in the indie film community. That’s because his movie – DEAD iSLAND – was shot entirely on Apple iPhone’s.
Unfortunately, you may be in a situation on a low/no-budget film where production won’t rent a follow focus or you’re a one-man-band filmmaker who can’t afford one. Luckily there are some easy techniques to rig up a follow focus on the cheap, most for under $10.00.
I’ve got the goods from the guys at Engadget who lead me to two interesting stories that both involve lenses. One story whisks us into the past as Timur Civan over at the cinema5D forum has mounted a lens from 1908 on his DSLR. The other story brings us far into the future where depth-of-field may be infinite and focus be chosen in post-production (no that’s not a joke).
Though RED MX and Arri Alexa currently are the higher end options for digital cinema today, increasingly common is the practice of filming with DSLR cameras. Canon’s 7D is the frontrunner, though recent developments have even seen the iPhone make a crack. Well now Barbie Video Girl enters the scene with this video that compares the two camera systems side-by-side.