How to make ‘plates’ for Fox’s 24 on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Tho this is a very short little clip with 5 Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs, it shows off several things including a cameo of a monitor produced by one of our new sponsors Ikan. Friend of planet5D Rodney Charters shows off several items while at the same time, giving us a clue into how they make the background images shown in the interior car shots on Fox's TV show 24. And you thought they did all that acting in a real car driving down the road – boy they sure make it look real! One of the products Rodney is specifically showing off is View Factor's new Contineo cage for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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I've seen Rodney post several times on twitter about how they've been using Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs on some of the “plate” shots, but I didn't really understand how they accomplished it – and now we all know. That's some set of rigs eh?

Rodney is a very interesting guy (we got to meet him out at the Collision Conference last fall) and he's tipped us on several occasions (including the helmet cam that was created by Shane Hurlbut). Here's a photo that Ikan included in their blog post where we found this cool information! It is a pic of Rodney on the left (and someone I don't know) holding a shoulder mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

** UPDATE **
Rodney updated me with this info:

“@planetMitch thanks other guy is com DP and fellow ASC member Bill Bennett who was with Russell Carpenter the first west coast DP to see the 5D. Only twice have we used Green screen for our plates 99% is played back live on set using rear projection screens and photographed live”

(Photo credit: snap from the video)


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