Can you remember a camera that was as exciting as the a7S has been for digital filmmakers? If you’re from my generation, probably not. The Canon 5D Mk II opened up a whole new world, and the Sony a7S changed our perspective yet again on how we can capture and create.
Videos like these are a testament to the doors that are wide open because of the technology created by Sony and other companies that have pushed the industry this direction. While the video isn’t amazing in its content or execution, it is amazing when you add in the fact that it’s lit exclusively by glow sticks. Thousands of glow sticks. If your rig allows you to use such small sources such as glow sticks as your light source, the possibilities are nearly limitless.
A few decades ago, the standard set for low light capture was the Kubrick film, Barry Lyndon, which was lit mostly by candlelight. Of course, the look is a sum of the stock, camera and the glass, but the lenses used for this film were the story in this case. Most famously, the Zeiss f/0.7 lens he used.
Now we can look at the Sony a7S in a similar light. All of those films in which filmmakers and cinematographers struggled to get the look they desired, now it’s all packaged into a small handheld package. The future is here. Hover cars not included.
MOUNTAIN BIKE GLOW STICKS! Sony A7s Low light test 102,400 ISO
Via Vimeo Description:
The team at Glean got their hands on the new Sony A7s camera and thought it'd be fun to test it out using a whole lot of glow sticks. We turned this mountain bike run into a trippy, glow stick illuminated dreamscape and set the riders loose. We filmed with 2x handheld units and one on the DJI Ronin with a Nikon 28-70mm (needed the weight to make the Ronin work properly).
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)