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5 Awesome Movies Shot With A DSLR

by Johnny Simon on May 12, 2010 · 9 comments

DSLRs that shoot HD video have completely changed how photographers view themselves.  With the same tool we’ve always used to take beautiful photos, we simply have to hold it still, press a button and now we’re making movies. Cameras like the video capable Canon 5D Mark II now make it possible to produce a professional film on a fraction of the budget, shoot cinematic travel videos or make super simple timelapse movies.  Take a look at these great examples:

Photographer Vincent Laforet was one of the first professionals to get his hands on the 5D Mark II and has been producing a bunch of fun, short films that showcase the 5D’s cinematic potential.  His first film, “Reverie” both debuted the HD video capabilities but also made the case for a DSLR as an accessable film making tool.  This video is the first chapter of a multichannel film “The Cabbie”

Chapter 1: The Cabbie from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

This innovative video shows a person’s life from birth to death, all in the first person.  One fun aspect of the video is how both technologies used in the film, the 5D and a Lensbaby, a low budget tilt-shift lens, have been introduced only in the last 5 years.

Last Day Dream [HD] from Chris Milk on Vimeo.

“Cover Creation” is a timelapse produced to show the complicated process of shooting something seemingly simple, an iPhone, for Macworld Magazine.

Cover creation from Peter Belanger on Vimeo.

If “A Journey through Asia” were shot with a simple video camcorder, it have been not much to take notice of.  But the sharpness and shallow depth of field, saturated colors and fluid motion from the 5D Mark II makes this a traveler’s cinematic experience that is relatable to everyone.

a journey through asia from ivan vania on Vimeo.

This music video, showing a man’s run in with a mysterious girl that turns into a crime spree road trip, is another fun example of the first person approach to shooting with a 5D.  Slapping on a super wide angle lens like a 20mm can take a film in a fun, inverted direction.

Cinnamon Chasers – Luv Deluxe (Music Video) from Saman Keshavarz on Vimeo.

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Aanarav Sareen May 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Great stuff. We need to add a “Like” feature on this site.

Filmmaker Bobby Washington April 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

STEEL CHAMBER (Suspense/Thriller) – Was Shot With (Canon 300, C100, 5D Mark2, 5D Mark 3, 7D, 60D and The T3i)

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