I’m not sure about the objectivity of this film and the music is a little OTT. But there is no denying the incredible camera work of imbedded journo Danfung Dennis (cool name!). This teaser trailer for his upcoming PBS docco appears revealing, intimate and engaging on so many levels. It also looks stunning and again it’s all shot on the very small, very cheap and very accessible Canon 5Dmk2. I’m so inspired by this kind of thing at the moment, not just the energy of the production but the evidence that the technology is providing a different kind of access and opportunity for filmmakers at all levels.
A few people have asked if I am being paid by Canon to be spreading so much gratuitous love about the recent release of their Canon 5Dmk2. Unfortunately I’m not, but I do want to continue the love by putting up to recent examples I have come across of the camera and it’s users producing outstanding work. What makes this work stand out for me is that these productions would not have existed in the same way, had the 5Dmk2 not been created.
By that I mean, the two examples below could only have been created using that particular camera. Film cameras, or the much larger HD cameras either couldn’t have done the job, or would have produced a very different and perhaps more compromised end result. This is what excites me most about the 5Dmk2 (and the new 7D!, check a comparison here), it just hasn’t given filmmakers a new camera, it’s a camera that creates whole new opportunities to create.
The first is a commercial directed by my friend and fellow Exit director Garth Davis. He recently shot this U.S Cellular commercial using only available city light, in Wellington in New Zealand. He really wanted to shoot the whole spot ‘in camera’ ie no post production. He shot tests on 35mm and various HD cameras, but nothing performed as well in the low light as the 5Dmk2. To shoot the same job traditionally on 35mm or RED for example, would have meant immense lighting set-ups. Something that budget nor time would allow. The 5Dmk2 went where no other camera could. It’s beautifully shot by ‘Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind’ DOP Ellen Kuras.
The next clip is an amazing piece of embedded journalism. Photo-jounalist Danfung Dennis
spent some time with some frontline marines in Afghanistan. The opening sequence was all
shot on the 5D and it’s unlike anything else I have seen from such a small one person set up.