Canon EOS 5D Mark II:Quit Whining and Use it to Make Films..Accessories?

I’ve read some posts about how the Mark II isn’t really the right shape to take videos. What are you going to do hold it up to your face and walk around looking in the viewfinder or the LCD on the back. Well that don’t sound to good. Thankfully I have no idea what you need to make a film. I mean I took a few hours of video with a canon s3 IS and it worked fine. The S3 has one of those articulating LCD’s that make it a bit more flexible but since this is a “serious camera” canon wouldn’t dare make it that easy.

When I first heard about the possibility of DSLR video I thought great I can make little films that look OK, maybe use the shallow focus effect to make the “footage” stand out in a world of HD videocams but after looking at the footage of the Laforet videoIt became clear that I could make the kind of film I actually like to watch.  Something like the slow pans over water in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker.

Wow now I’d better get serious. Well I’m sure I can’t afford any really expensive stuff but there are a few things it seems necessary to have If I make films.  On is a steadycam type thing but then here’s a cheap way to do something like that

14 Dollar Steadycam

14 Dollar Steadicam

I can already think of some improvements.  Part of the creative process is interacting with the world and your vision and the things you have on hand.  To buy things that do stuff a certain way automatically nails you into making someone elses film. SCREW THAT!  I mean remember Evil Dead and the shaky cam.  Any way I looked a the Laforet video “Making Of” and though it might seem strange to use a DSLR to take video of your kids at a soccer game where it’s really important to look like you now what your doing(Cause you are a drone) the crew in the Laforet video just mounted the camera and took the footage. One thing I did notice was that they seemed to use a gyroscope to steady the handheld shots. In fact there have been discussions of this on various threads like the one on the Making of Video. One person mentioned this product

Forget About It It's Like $500 dollars more than the Camera itself

Forget About It It's $4,000 bucks ugh

But then he probably needs something like that since he’s got to impress a bunch of people who have wasted there lives making money and ended up without any taste. I mean Soderbergh made Bubble on HD video with available light using the casts own hames as sets(how he ended up spending 1.6 million baffles me) .

And don’t forget the DOGME 95 manifesto

The goal of the Dogme collective is to purify filmmaking by refusing expensive and spectacular special effects, postproduction modifications and other gimmicks. The emphasis on purity forces the filmmakers to focus on the actual story and on the actors’ performances. The audience may also be more engaged as they do not have overproduction to alienate them from the narrative, themes, and mood. To this end, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg produced ten rules to which any Dogme film must conform. These rules, referred to as the “Vow of Chastity,” are as follows: [1]

  1. Filming must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found).
  2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs within the scene being filmed, i.e., diegetic).
  3. The camera must be a hand-held camera. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. (The film must not take place where the camera is standing; filming must take place where the action takes place.)
  4. The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera).
  5. Optical work and filters are forbidden.
  6. The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)
  7. Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)
  8. Genre movies are not acceptable.
  9. The final picture must be transferred to the Academy 35mm film, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, that is, not widescreen. (Originally, the requirement was that the film had to be filmed on Academy 35mm film, but the rule was relaxed to allow low-budget productions.)
  10. The director must not be credited

Which brings me to my final point. DId you know the Mark II only has a mono mic built in.  Of course you did. I does have a stereo jack though.  But then who cares about sound when your filming Sergio Leone dubbed those gorgeous masterpieces of his after he filmed them.  Well boy now it’s about 11 oclock and I’m tired.

In the interest of blogness on a personal note I have found myself stranded in Tullahoma Tennessee. If you are an actor or interested in getting free photos taken of yourself I would be happy to do it. Or if you want to make a film or need help making one I’d love to be there.

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