Episode 14: The One About DSLR Filmmaking


DSLR filmmaking has taken the web by storm, and now it's being used in mainstream film and television work. But is it a passing fancy that will just as quickly disappear? On this episode we talk about the ups and downs of DSLRs with Lan Bui, Vu Bui, Kent Nichols, Brett Register, Chris McCaleb, Zadi Diaz, and Steve Woolf.

This show should leave new filmmakers with plenty to ponder (and Google), and it should help experienced creators interested in working with DSLRs know what to expect. There's a ton of information discussed, so even shooters experienced with DSLRs should be able to benefit from the talk about glass, lights, and audio. Post a comment and let us know if you enjoy this kind of "special edition" New Mediacracy!

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To answer the question that didn't get asked yet - Jamie (our usual make up artist) was not available for the shoot with Kent so we were using a new girl that didn't make it to the second location. Now you know - and knowing is half the battle.

First, let me say how much I love the podcasts. I started listening around episode ten and I'm going to start working my way through the archives as soon as I can. You're providing a great resource and inspiration for all of us working on our own projects.

A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to work on the crew of his 24-hour film race entry. We shot using a 5D Mark ii and we were all really impressed with the results. While none of us had used it before, our director and DP had enough experience working with lenses to get the basics down and get creative during our brief, largely improvised shoot. Our crew was basically the director, DP, and occasionally someone else handling audio. We shot using natural light and everything looked beautiful, so I can't really speak to any extra lighting concerns. We couldn't have been happier with the way the finished result looked on the computer monitor, television, and then on the theater's screen for the competition.

DSLR filmmaking is clearly catching on if that contest was any indication. Roughly half of the groups used the 5D or 7D and a good portion of the Q&A was spent answering questions from the audience about the experience and encouraging other filmmakers to try it out. I'll definitely be keeping it in mind for my next web series project.

Cool show, obviously tough to get that many people into one show but it worked for the most part. First time listening through a whole show. Was interesting, will definitely keep an eye (err ear?) out for more.

Great show as always guys! Keep 'em coming!

I liked this special edition of New Mediacracy, it was filled with tons of information, specific recommendations, and anecdotal experience. Mini-shout out to Kent for bringing up the forthcoming Panasonic and possible new wave of cameras. Thanks for sharing the knowledge, guys. It was good to break away from the IAWTV/Streamys/LA kerfuffle for a bit and talk about content creation. :)

FYI for listeners, the PDF of gear kit suggestions from the Buis is at: http://thebuibrothers.com/blog/2010/04/sxsw-2010-dslr-gear-presentation/

Steve: This is my vote for a West Coast Blip anniversary party and... a cross-country dual-livestream projected at both parties. Then we can all raise a mug to 5 years of happy blippiness, together. :D

There will indeed be a blip.tv LA 5th Anniversary party! Working on setting it up now, most likely middle/late June.

There is a certain truth to the expression no pain, no gain and to that end it always pays to listen to the entire podcast. However it would be nice to have some show notes that highlight the key points of the show. I totally understand that is a lot of work and you are all very busy. We all are. That is why show notes or better still an article based on the podcast would be awesome.

Great show, everybody. Sounds like you're having a lot of fun.

I just want to add some of my experiences with the 5D Mark II to the mix.

1. When you guys were talking about which CompactFlash cards to use, you were telling people that they should go out and buy the $300+ Hoodmans cards. That's fine if money is no object or if you're a 2 times Emmy nominee, but I think to most, paying that much for 1 card it jaw-dropping (HVX P2 card users notwithstanding).

You will be perfectly fine using the 32GB $70 Kingston Elite Pro x133 cards. I think one of the Bui Bros. mentioned that he lost data on one of those, and stopped. I can say from experience that I would trust those cards over most. I have shot close to 5 TERABYTES with those cards and have not had one lost shot or lock-up.

One other hand my more expensive SanDisk Extreme III Cards freeze / lock up the camera. I started a whole thread on that at DVXUser http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=167750

2. In terms of overheating, I guess a big benefit of the 5D Mark II over the 7D & T2i is the 5D Mark II doesn't overheat.

I shot a 30+ hour art class and we had three 5D Mark IIs running. Only time the camera stopped rolling was for the few seconds it took to start recording again after we reached the 4GB mark. No problems.

By the way, the lastest episode of the Zacuto DSLR Shootout went up today at www.zacuto.com/shootout

Keep up the great work! Oh, and let Zadi talk more.

One more thing. Why is the show such a large file size? For that size you should throw some video in there.

@Zimm - 2+ hrs at 128kbps stereo MP3 is a substantial file, for sure. If it was video it would be in the GBs instead of MBs, tho. ;)

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