The season finale of HOUSE, scheduled to hit the air May 17, was shot with the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR.
Director Greg Yaitanes spilled the beans on Twitter, answering a round of queries pertaining to his experiences shooting with the Canon 5D Mark II. PetaPixel.com has posted a number of those tweets from inquiring minds, and kindly assembled them, below;
@MVRamunno: What is the difference in how it looks on a TV screen compared to a regular camera?
Greg Yaitanes: richer. shallow focus pulls the actors faces to foreground [sic]
@oamad0101: How many frames per second and why a Canon 5D Mark II?
GY: 24p and wanted it for ease of use in tight spaces.
@unikissa: Ok, seriously. Can you tell us something about the lenses you used?
GY: all the canon primes and the 24-70 and the 70-200 zoom
@sarabury: Did you have to change any of your working practices to fit in with differences between the 5D and a typical setup?
GY: some. focus was hard with these lenses but more “cine-style” lenses are being made as we speak.
@marykir: were you using CF cards for storage or some sort of mass storage mod? seems like you would need a lot of cards :)
GY: some 18gb or something like that card. gave us 22 min of footage.
@Drdiagnostic: How was the quality as compared 2 the traditional camera used in shooting?
GY: i loved it and feel it’s the future. cameras that can give you these looks
@klizma: How did you manage to stabilize the camera in tight spaces? Any special kind of brackets?
GY: no. mostly gave it a hand held feel. or on a small tripod
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the popularity of the show:
“In 2008, House was distributed in a total of 66 countries. With an audience of over 81.8 million worldwide, it was the most watched television show on the globe and far surpassed the viewership figures of the leading TV dramas the previous two years.”
Is this the future, indeed? Keep your seat belts tightened, as I think things are about to lift off in the DSLR/ Television shoot department, surely. Who da’ thunk 5 years ago DSLR’s would be used for shooting broadcast hits like HOUSE?
Way cool, it is.