Ryan Hinman (friend of planet5D) sent us a note the other day about a couple of videos posted on youtube by Stephen Gyllenhaal (imdb profile) – a Director for the TV show “Numb3rs”. Stephen has been posting some “behind the scenes” videos on his blog and there's some good info there if you're a fan of “Numb3rs”. So, we contacted Stephen to see if he'd give us a bit more info.
“I couldn't be more excited about these cameras, both the 5D Mark II and the 7D. We used them on Numb3rs for insert shots and for principle photography when using the lens baby. I'd really wanted to use it for the main camera (A camera) as well. But no one is quite ready to do that, although it's close (I think) to doing much of what the Genesis camera does — worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There are still balancing issues (although it's light it can be heavy with lenses). But I'm not an expert in this area. I see it (from a director's point of view) of breaking major new ground. Grip and dolly equipment can be as small as these camera — far less trucks, etc. This could bring the costs way down. And, if you're interested in doing films about characters — cost is everything.
So this is a very exciting time and everyone in Hollywood is talking about these cameras — and using them. (A lot of people not in Hollywood too.)
So, here's what they're doing… this is some cool stuff!
Behind the Scenes of Numb3rs: Canon 7D
Behind the Scenes of Numb3rs: Insert shot
(Photo credit: snap from the video)