Deep South – Art Film Made with the Canon C100, 5D III, and GoPro Hero3

by steven schwartz7 Comments

Combining three different cameras in one film can be risky.

Watch the video to see if you can detect which shots were made with each of the three cameras used by Director Christopher Bye.

The director chose desolate landscapes, abandoned buildings, and empty stores to create a specific mood in his art film, “Deep South.”

The three cameras he used were the Canon EOS C100 Camera, the Canon 5D Mark III, and the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition action camera.

Making Art Films with the Canon C100 and 5D3

Message from Christopher Bye:

Hey Mitch,

Big fan of the site, thanks for keeping the film community up to date!

I just had a new photography and video show at New Hope Arts Center in New Hope, PA, where I premiered a short art film entitled Deep South.

The film was shot on the Canon EOS C100 Camera, the Canon 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern and with the CineLook custom picture style, and the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition action camera and a DJI Phantom Quad-Copter with 2-axis brushless gimbal. I used Nikkor AIS prime lenses including the 20mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.2, and 85mm f/1.4. Used a Kessler Pocket Dolly for the sliding shots throughout. Great praise for Kessler; I’ve been using this same slider for 3 years and it’s still smooth as ever.

Edited in Premiere Pro CS6, and graded with Magic Bullet Looks./blockquote>

Deep South


Christopher Bye’s documentation of abandonment and its inherent dismay dissect mysteries of what once existed. Each form embodies an untold story via previously used items, pieces that no longer serve purposes and are therefore estranged from their owners. Stories surface through these discarded environs; fields, deserts, and ghost towns become forgotten and weathered. As the progression of time and neglect take their toll, the house, barn, or business begins to bend and dismantle, giving way to nature’s unremorseful impression. Lapses of time become apparent and the buildings’ features become characteristically inhospitable, like a defense mechanism learned from past missteps. Bye conveys an uneasy sense of accompaniment upon penetrating these places, as though the decades of misuse are manifested within the bones of the building. Although distraught and unused, a certain moment of connection can be attained solely through observation. A scent of spreading mildew in the nostrils, a pitch of wind piercing broken windows – like puppets, shredded wallpaper dangles from tattered roots and calendars still hang from years past. In this exhibition, Bye aims to document the progression of place before demise.

Leave a comment below to share your opinion – which cameras were used for specific shots in “Deep South?”

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. Hello Chrsitopher,
    awesome work.. I like how you were able to mix the three different formats… C100, 5D3 RAW and the HERO… I guess the HERO was used mainly for the aerials…? it would be great to know which shot was what.. meaning, which one was the RAW, which the C100, etc. I know… may be asking too much, but it helps to see
    how each camera does…

    Great music too.
    Well done man! ; )

  2. Hello Christopher,

    Very nice work! Love the color grading… What did you use to grade these shots?

    Good job!

  3. Thanks for the comments guys!

    Gabriel, yes the only go pro shots are the aerial ones. The 5DIII shots are the ones that appear to be handheld; there’s some in the Lousisana bayou, and the spanish moss close ups are 5D. Almost everything else is C100.

    Martin, graded with Magic Bullet Looks and Premiere Pro CS6.


  4. Nicely done Christopher. Art from the abandoned and forgotten, very clever. We too have the Canon 5D, GoPro Black Hero 3+ and quad copter with gimbal and we’re hoping to get a C100. So, I was very interested to see what you had done. Martin did a very nice job grading and except for the aerial shot, which is obvious to me since I fly a QC, I couldn’t tell which was shot C100 and which was 5D and the GoPro aerials fit well, it’s not obvious they are GoPro. Please show us more in the future as you create more “magic!”

  5. this was phenomenal to watch – i really got a feel for the location and the abandonment – looks like you took some chances to get some shots which speaks volumes

    what copter were you using with the gopro


  6. The part with the broken shed or bench, really felt like I was viewing a 3D scene. This just makes the camera look even better. The quality for both are impressive and the video is quite beautiful. I really enjoyed the video, please share more interesting videos like this more often guys. I really dig them.

  7. This is awesome. I don’t know much about cameras in general and what cameras are the best. Anyways, I really want this camera now. The video is so beautiful and I think it sells me on this camera even more. Thank you for sharing, it’s the camera I hope to get next. 😀

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