“Captain America: The First Avenger” action shots on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II? Yes!

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“Captain America: The First Avenger” was released in the USA just a few days ago – and now we find that they've used the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) to shoot the action shots! The majority of the movie was shot on traditional film, but Jonathan Taylor (second unit director/director of photography on the movie) said:

“The challenge with a lot of action photography is getting the camera in the right position,” Taylor noted. “I’m always looking to get the camera into impossible to reach places because those kinds of shots make action sequences much more exciting. Most 35mm motion-picture cameras and even the leading digital cinematography cameras are just too big to get into interesting positions.”

This shows you again that tho the Canon EOS 5D Mark II isn't a traditional movie camera, it does have uses and works quite well in a variety of situations – including on the big screen!



The PR from Canon

“CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER” ACTION SHOTS

CAPTURED WITH CANON EOS 5D MARK II DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS

 Full 1080P HD Capture, 24p Frame Rate and Canon EF Lenses

 Provide Compatibility and Creative Options for Movie Production

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 1, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that the highly anticipated feature film, “Captain America: The First Avenger”used Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras to capture many of the movie’s action shots.

Throughout the super hero action picture, the 5D Mark II was used to shoot motion sequences that were seamlessly integrated with the production’s 35mm film footage. More compact and lightweight than traditional motion-picture cameras, the 5D Mark II offers creative advantages such as compatibility with Canon’s wide range of high-performance EF lenses, user-selectable frame rates, including 24p (23.976 fps), the standard for motion-picture cinematography, and full 1920 x 1080 HD imagery captured by the camera’s high-resolution 21.1-megapixel (36mm by 24mm) Canon CMOS sensor. According to Jonathan Taylor, second unit director/director of photography on “Captain America: The First Avenger”, these features made the 5D Mark II an excellent choice for the capture of dramatic POV (point-of-view) action shots.

“The challenge with a lot of action photography is getting the camera in the right position,” Taylor noted. “I’m always looking to get the camera into impossible to reach places because those kinds of shots make action sequences much more exciting. Most 35mm motion-picture cameras and even the leading digital cinematography cameras are just too big to get into interesting positions.”

Action scenes in “Captain America: The First Avenger in which Taylor used 5D Mark II cameras for POV shots include a car chase and crash, and a high-speed motorcycle pursuit. The small size of the camera enabled Taylor to mount it on the interiors and exteriors of moving vehicles to capture dramatic action shots. The camera’s size also ensured that it was “invisible” to the film cameras shooting the same scene from a distance.

“The thing with action is that the more angles you can shoot, the faster the cuts you can use, and the more energy you get into a sequence,” Taylor added.

Previously, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras and EF lenses were used for action shots in the blockbuster hit “Iron Man 2”.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010†, with global revenues of more than US $45 billion and is listed as number five in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2011 list.  Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss

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  3. Alvaro Gutierrez

    Sounds great, doesnt the 5d mark ii images are smaller than the film or 4k images? How you procees the the full HD movie to match a 4k movie?

    1. Patrick Louie

      The information above about this movie being shot primarily on film is incorrect. This film was actually shot primarily on the Panavision Genesis HD camera, which shoots 1920x1080p images. The Arri ALEXA digital camera was also used for the underwater shots. Film was used but that was not the primary format. With the master format being 1080p HD it’s not that great a challenge to integrate Canon DSLR footage. In either case, most films are mastered at 2k anyway, which is just slightly larger than 1920×1080 whether or not the film was scanned or shot digitally at 4k.

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