Canon 5D – a still camera – used to shoot “House” finale
“i’ll answer any questions you have about the canon 5D that we shot the finale on. yes, a stills camera that shoots amazing HD. go!”
Yaitanes’s 120-character-or-less Q&A tweets included these:
“@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 forground [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.”
So, in summary, they shot the finale of a major TV show with a handheld still camera, in clumps of storage that never exceeded 22 minutes of film time. Was it just a stunt? Well, clearly it was a stunt, but the director seems pretty happy with how it turned out.
The video and film industry is one of the major industries in the US. How will it be affected as the cost of its enabling hardware and software approaches zero?