Saturday, December 4, 2010

Film and photography: the converging lines... part II

I didn't mean my initial post on this subject to be a series, but I came across this video which makes for interesting viewing for anyone for, against, or unsure about the possibilities of shooting serious 'stuff' on a DSLR...

I guess I will be revisiting this subject in the future!

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  1. I still cant see any film director shoot with a DSLR. I still think that a dedicated video camera will have better creative options and give better results.

  2. By 'creative options' what do you mean? Most 'creative options' that are from the camera's technical end (i.e. excluding angles and such like) are determined by use of lenses and that is precisely where, at the cost of a 5D, DSLRs are stronger.

    Yes, there is significant further outlay to really kit the camera up, but this outlay is on rails, matte box, follow focus system etc. and would apply to other dedicated moving image cameras anyway.

    I'm still not 100% convinced, but when you balance things up, it is an intriguing development.

  3. If you are still on the fence about DSLR videography and need convincing, you might be interested in the work of Philip Bloom:

    He was an early advocate for using DSLR video professionally, and was invited by George Lucas to Skywalker Ranch to shoot some tests when they needed to look at the available options for filming inside of an airplane cockpit for "Red Tails." Apparently they were impressed.

    The video that came out of those tests and a link to an equally interesting blog post about it can be found here:

    When videos like that began cropping up about a year ago, I started to realize the potential of the technology. As you have said, it's an interesting development.