Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Short films | Made using DSLRs

Now with the Canon EOS 5D MKII, the boys can become men sooner. The rituals of climbing the filmmaking hierarchy will be a lot easier, assuming there is a compelling story to be told.

Canon EOS 5D Image via Wikipedia

Canon came out with Canon EOS 5D MKII which comes with video capabilities, HD quality video on what is essentially a Digital SLR camera. This is significant development for the pro-sumer and independent filmmaking community. At this point they are very excited and are going bonkers. It is being discussed on twitter, check the tweets of Stu Maschwitz and run a search on vimeo with Canon EOS 5D MKII, you will get to see the excitement in form of test shoots and demo-videos. Let me explain the excitement.

When it came to films what separated the men from the boys was the filming technology- video vs film. Boys shot on video and always aspired for the film-look. They used plug-ins in the edit to mimic the lensing effects and contrast levels that define the film-look. On the Canon 5D you can use canon range of dslr lenses, control the look and feel of the scene manually, unlike in video cameras where controls were limited.

Over the past few months the progress has been clear. Demo videos are giving way to works of serious art. Now the independents can worry less about the form and focus more on the content.

Short film made with 4500+ still photographs. Shot with a Canon EOS 30D camera.


A girl misses her train to Milan and is set to wait overnight in Rome until dawn. However, a chance encounter with a guy changes her plans and the night lights of the capital turn into the background to a tender love story. An extraordinary chemistry made of knowing glances and small gestures fills the few instants that separate them both from the sunrise.