The business of filmmaking has certainly changed since the new millennium started. When at one point you had to have a large budget and access to cumbersome film equipment, the development of digital video technology has made it possible to shoot a movie for much cheaper and still have it look technically proficient. It’s no surprise that Canon is leading the charge with high quality DSLRs that are still affordable for everyday use. Their EOS line of cameras are the cream of the crop – perfect for anyone, whether you’re aspiring to make a feature-length film or just want to capture photos of your life and surroundings.
Young director Drake Doremus broke out five years ago with his indie romance Like Crazy, when it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The story of a British and American student who fall in love and then are separated when her U.S. visa expires was lauded for its emotional resonance and vibrant style. And to achieve the colourful visuals, Doremus relied on the Canon EOS 7D for the entire shoot. With its APS-C sixed 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, the 7D has become a premier choice for filmmakers to use as an alternative to more traditional camera models. You can also shoot up to 10 fps and utilize an advanced autofocus system to capture any kind of action that you want, giving filmmakers like Doremus plenty of options.
Even veteran filmmakers are turning towards Canon’s EOS cameras for new projects. Mark and Michael Polish sprang out of the ‘90s independent scene with their film Twin Falls Idaho, launching the movie career of the twin brothers. Back in those days, however, even independent filmmakers generally shot on film if they wanted to get noticed, as digital technology still wasn’t great looking. But after shooting their first few films on 35mm film, the Polish brothers switched things up for their 2011 film For Lovers Only. Working with almost no budget, they filmed this low-key romantic drama on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II over the course of twelve days, using little artificial lighting and working guerilla style in public locations. The 5D Mark II features a 22.3 Megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor and a Canon DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, not to mention an ISO range of 100-25600 and the ability to shoot up to 6 fps. This is how the filmmaking duo was able to make their low-budget black and white photography look so exquisite.
It’s clearly an exciting time to be an aspiring filmmaker and Canon’s EOS cameras can help you make your mark. For the rest of this month, both the 7D and the 5D Mark II are available at discounted sales prices. There’s never been a better time to get started.
Source: Lights Film School
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