We found this over on the planet5D forums – a great friendly place to discuss HDSLR stuff! Once we saw it, we knew we needed to find out more and we asked Jeremy Wanek to tell us a bit about the making of the short.
A traumatic event emotionally rips a father and daughter apart. While the father drowns himself in drink, the daughter fills the void with a seemingly friendly new playmate.
(From Jeremy Wanek)
I set out wanting to shoot my short movie, “Voice Inside”, as epic as possible. I wanted to strap my 7D onto a remote control helicopter and fly it over the woods, use a slider to get some nice slow dollies, rent some Zeiss CP.2 lenses to increase the images sharpness and get a crane for the final shot! While all that would have been fun, I quickly realized what my priority was. Story. I wanted to tell a dramatic story with strong emotions. Once the story was set I thought a lot about the equipment I'd be using. The one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to shoot it with my Canon 7D (Which worked great for a lot of the low light shots). But, along with the HDSLR craze comes an insane amount of equipment and accessories. I scheduled 2 days to shoot the whole movie in 2 different locations, so that made it a lot easier to decide to keep things simple. I didn't want the equipment taking any extra time to setup or ruin any performances that would have otherwise been gold.
– Canon 7D
– Canon 50mm f1.4 and Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lenses.
– Genus ND Filter Fader (Used on the 50mm to keep the depth of field shallow while shooting outside)
– Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5
– Canon Backpack (To carry all the equipment listed above)
– Zoom H4N Audio Recorder
– Rode NTG-1 Shotgun Mic
– Short Rode Boom Pole
– Rode Deadcat Microphone Wind Muff
– Redrock Micro Shoulder Mount
– 503 HDV Tripod Head and Manfrotto 055XPROB Legs
– 4 Impact Qualite 300 Focusing Floods (The cheapest lights I could find with barn doors and stands. I've used them on a few shoots; they work pretty great).
– 4 Impact 600 Watt AC Dimmer Controls (One for each light. I actually used one of these dimmers to create the effect of the dad watching TV in the movie)
– Impact Light Kit Bag (34 x 13.5 x 8″)
– Pearstone Slate
– Stingers, Diffusion, CTB and CTO gels, C47's, Black Wrap, Spirit Blood Bath Theatrical Blood (Used with an old school ketchup bottle).
I think that about covers it. That seems like a lot of stuff now that I typed it all out, but it's a pretty basic kit. These were all things I owned so I didn't have to worry about renting or borrowing additional equipment.
It seems to me, that with all the incredible advancements in independent filmmaking, it's become harder and harder to concentrate on what is really important. Nearly everyday I research the latest technologies and get buried in the latest HDSLR's, firmware upgrades, sliders, stereoscopic 3D and how to's in regard to removing aliasing and moire. I love that stuff! I just hope it doesn't start to become the first thing everybody thinks about when they set out on making their movies.
Hope you enjoy it!
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)