Though a tremendous enabler of those with little budgets and big dreams, the DSLR as a film camera, as with many recent equipment innovations, comes with a number of drawbacks to be ironed out in the production pipeline before throwing oneself onto the set and hoping for the best. The reality is these camera’s were not built to shoot video, but have proven to be wonderfully adept at delivering brilliant images for a lot less cash outlay than a more traditional approach would demand.
Getting over the hurdles inherent with DSLR’s can be overwhelming, but with an informative guide to lead the way thru the techno-jungle, things get back in hand readily. Ryan Koo of No Film School.com has assembled jut such a thing with his DSLR Cinematography Guide. Ryan’s guide is an obvious labor-of-love, well researched, written for the lay person, and jam-packed with info. The DSLR Cinematography Guide covers much of what can be expected in shooting with a DSLR camera set-up. If you’re in the least interested in dropping into the DSLR filmmaking pond, Koo’s guide is your pair of arm-floaties.
A big fan of digital cinematography, Director Robert Rodriguez is shooting music video and feature length projects with DSLR’s, proving a long-format production pipeline is quickly coming into its own as an efficient, streamlined production system.
In addition to Koo’s DSLR Cinematography Guide, Check out DoP Philip Bloom’s fantastic site, HERE. Bloom plumbs the depths of all things DSLR, with generous offerings of video, tutorials, equipment reviews, updates and behind-the-scenes reflections covering his broad experience shooting with these cameras.
Have a look over at No Film School.com, and download a copy of the DSLR Cinematography Guide. It’ll soon be a must-have in your arsenal of production literature. While your looking around, check out the amazing trailer for 36 Stairs, a short produced by a couple of Industrial Light and magic folks, shot on the Canon 5D. Very Cool Indeed. Cheers, M.