Shane Hurlbut and Jacob Rosenberg know their stuff and if you're wanting to know more about the ins and outs of how the Canon HDSLRs work for making a full length feature film, you've got to take an hour and a bit of your day to listen to this webinar recording from Adobe. It features Shane Hurlbut, ASC and Jacob Rosenberg from the Bandito Brothers discussing their lessons learned while filming the 2011 feature film “Act of Valor” that was filmed entirely on Canon HDSLRs.
This is sponsored by Adobe (who of course wants you to buy a bunch of copies of Premiere Pro – but I know that Shane isn't just doing a little bit of marketing for Adobe here – he's done more testing of these tools than just about everyone else on the planet – so I trust what he says in this interview).
“Due to its small, unintimidating footprint and excellent photography in low light, DSLR cameras are finding their way on movie sets everywhere. In this free seminar, Shane Hurlbut, ASC and Jacob Rosenberg discuss how their movie Act of Valor was shot using Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR cameras and how Adobe Premiere Pro was used on set to natively edit the DSLR files in real time. They will explain the workflow they used to edit the film and how Adobe helped knock down roadblocks in post-production.”
I listened to the broadcast and have replayed several parts of it a couple of times – there's just that much material here that you'll want to hear again. Especially the bits about encoding and software choices – and bit depth and color space and how even the choice of your editing software can impact the colors and depth of the resulting film. I love Shane's discussion of picture styles too – this man has done a TON of testing and I suspect his picture styles answers will surprise you.
I insist that you listen and listen carefully, you'll learn a ton.
(Photo credit: snap from the video)