Olympus PEN Your Short 48 Hour Film Contest

Olympus has been rolling out the results of its 48 hour short film contest, which was part of the 2011 Vail Film Festival.  “During the contest, 19 teams of filmmakers from around the country were challenged to create a film, from start to finish, in a 48-hour timeframe with the powerfully simple Olympus PEN camera and a variety of lenses and accessories.”  Olympus is using this opportunity to pimp its HD-shooting PEN cameras, like the new Olympus E-PL2.

This week, Olympus revealed the runner-up short film, Der Bürgermeister.  You can check it out, along with some commentary from the filmmakers, below. [Read more...]

HDSLR Gear That Saves the Day

I’ve been working on a short film project recently with my church (along with our in-house video director/my very good friend Nick, and some very talented volunteers). The short film is something we plan to use as part of our Easter morning service later this month.  We’re shooting it entirely on the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D. We shot most of the scenes in one day at two locations (around 25 total set ups for a 16+ hour shooting day).  Yesterday, we wrapped up with the intro scene, which calls for the lead character in a vehicle talking on a cell phone.

I thought I would share some of the random little tools that really saved the day and helped us get the shots (and audio) that were critical to this production. [Read more...]

Short Film ‘Tick Tock’ Shot with 5D Mark II in Seamless Take

Anyone who has tried their hand at video knows that long takes are challenging from both a technical and creative aspect.  For one, everything has to go right with the camera and all the surrounding technical components.  And two, the subject matter has to be engaging enough in order to justify the long take.

This student short film managed to wrangle both challenges for a very compelling short film made up of roughly a four and a half minute seamless take.  It was shot with a 5D Mark II and 24-70mm lens on a Steadicam Merlin.  They shot 36 takes in total.

Check out the behind the scenes video below. [Read more...]

Canon’s “The Story Beyond The Still” Final Short Film

If you’ve not been keeping up with The Story Beyond The Still contest, the final short chapter launched at Sundance earlier this week.  You can see the entire short film above with a total run time that’s a couple ticks under 38 minutes.

Lots more on Vincent Laforet’s site.  Also, there’s a great recap of the work on the final chapter from Ryan Booth, one of the chapter directors, here on his blog.

Canon’s official press release is below. [Read more...]

Daros Films’ “Leave Me” Puts Canon Camera in Pivotal Role

Leave Me is a  short film that centers around a broken Canon DSLR and the images within.  While the human element makes the film, it’s a very cool use of a camera to tie it all together.

The film was shot with a Panasonic HVX200 with a Brevis35 lens adapter and Nikon primes.

Extra credit if you can identify the camera in the film.