Last week, we stumbled into a report that this pretty cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan film called “Fight the Foot” was shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) so we went digging for info and have in fact talked with the moviemaker Richard Krause and he's confirmed it.
UPDATE: see below – we added new quote from Richard about his usage of the 5D2.
“Fight the Foot”
The short first appeared on youtube and started getting a cult kind of following (yes there are still TMNT fans out there!) and there wasn't much info, Richard kept things pretty quiet. Tho he did create a website fightthefoot.com and has twitter and facebook pages.
April O'Neil reported on a new gang in the streets. Then it got personal. Only those below the streets can help her now.
An interview with Richard
“The 35mm sensor definitely helped with the low light conditions we had to work with on set. The lightweight rig also allowed for quicker setup times for the hectic overnight shooting schedule. The biggest problem with the 5D was trying to block shots and limit the amount of pans and tilts to avoid the “jello” effect with the rolling shutter.
If I was doing an indie feature I would definitely consider using the Canon 5D MKII to shoot with considering it low light sensitivity and the lightweight rig.”
“What kind of tools and techniques did you use while shooting?
Overall we had very little equipment. Originally we talked about shooting with RED but two days’ rental would have blown our limited budget. Instead, we used my Canon 5D MKII with a borrowed handheld rig and a set of Zeiss primes. Essentially, we used whatever we could get our hands on, which thankfully worked for the realistic approach to the story.”
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)