Can one man produce a mind blowing sci-fi short solo with the Canon EOS C100? YES!

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Raphael Rogers blows our mind with a one man band short film called “Beyond” which he wrote, shot, directed, edited, co-produced, and performed virtually every other film production job one can do on a film. Oh, and it was shot on the Canon EOS C100 with a few pickup shots on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Raphael has become an instant hit with this short – it has earned the Vimeo STAFF PICK label and has gotten over 80k views in just 3 days. Immediately after seeing it, I asked Raphael if we could get a little behind the scenes for you guys here at planet5D and he agreed (plus he sent some exclusive ‘after and before' shots below):

I'm at your site religiously so this means a lot 🙂

The most amazing part of it is how Raphael was able to pull this entire thing off spending something like only $1,000 (which included camera rentals!)

BEYOND: Sci-Fi Short Film

From Raphael:

I'm a 28 year old guy originally from Michigan. Came to LA 2 years ago. Been trying to get good at film for quite awhile. Got my 5D like 4 or 5 years ago. The 5D2 has been my food on the table for quite awhile now. I'm positively itching to upgrade though.

I was scheduled to shoot Beyond on a RED Epic. But the camera fell through and I made the last minute move to c100. I would've preferred c300 but it was because of cost. I also used the atomos ninja with it.

Using the c100 was brilliant. I was immediately sold after looking at the footage. And I've shot on epic and scarlet before. It's so easy for a one man band.

I was going to have people at least help me with audio on beyond but it fell through too at the last minute (gotta love indie filmmaking). So I just ended up going it alone with Bianca Malinowski.

I've worked with her on a bunch of stuff now, primarily because she has a similar mission statement to my own which is creating stories which inspire and help others but also entertain. She's super talented and she's getting the attention she deserves now too.

So I won't lie, the whole one man band thing was not easy. There were a couple times when I forgot to bring food for my actress :)! I was too busy thinking about running to the bag to get a lens.

But the camera performed great. It's awesome for any indie shoot. Highly recommended. I used the Ninja after the apartment scene and honestly I don't see much of a difference in the end product. I mean the first scene is all AVCHD! And to my eyes it looks great. Granted I'm sure other people have better pixel peeping eyes.

Anyway, I'm pumped to have it doing so well.

I'm hoping to continue the story very soon. The open ended aspect of it was a choice so I can produce something greater. I may not have spent much money on it. But I did spend a whole lot of time on it. Hopefully it shows.

I'm just thankful people are checking it out. There were many a nights I spent locked in my apartment staring at after effects. The space travel sequence in particular was time consuming.

Also, we shot in Malibu, Mojave Desert, downtown Los Angeles and Big Bear.

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About Beyond

Arya is the last remaining member of her family, a lineage with a unique genetic code grants the ability to survive the folding of temporal and spatial boundaries… In short, she can teleport. Tasked with exploring new planets, she is in search of something to explain who exactly she is and where she comes from.

Director: Raphael Rogers
Producers: Raphael Rogers, Bianca Malinowski
Talent: Bianca Malinowski, Andrew Varenhorst, Raphael Rogers
Contact: [email protected]

More Info:

For those interested, I shot this with a Canon EOS C100.

Lenses used were the Canon 24mm IS prime, the Canon 50mm 1.4, the 100mm Macro IS 2.8 and the Tokina 11-16mm. By far, most of it was shot on the 24 and the 100.

The final shot was done with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mark II as it was a pickup.

There was no crew on this shoot. Just myself and Bianca. The shoot took 3 days and post production took significantly longer.

All the visuals were done in after effects. I used Element3D a good amount.

Thank you to everyone who helped me out during all the time spent editing. You know who you are.

We found this interview with Raphael as well which has some additional info.

After and Before

Raphael sent us these exclusive ‘after and before' shots to show some of the After Effects work.

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Many thanks to Raphael for taking the time to reach out to our planet5D community and for sharing such an inspiring personal passion project with us! We can't wait to see what comes next!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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