Stop the Nakedness! (short film)
A clothing company has a creative campaign to sell T-shirts and contribute humanitarian aid. This short film shot entirely with the Canon 5D Mk II full-frame 35mm still camera features musical groups participating in the innovative program called “Stop the Nakedness!”
Pretty clever title: attention-grabbing but no actual “nakedness” in the video. I thought this was a well produced piece, except for the audio…
You probably noticed that some of the interviews sounded like they were recorded in a tin can. If you have any inclination about shooting films with a video DSLR, make sure you follow Philip Bloom’s advice and get, at minimum, a Rode VideoMic to record interviews and ambient sound, and preferably a Zoom H4n digital audio recorder. It actually stands up well against the comparable Marantz recorder, which is a well-known professional brand we used to use at the Naitonal Public Radio affiliate station where I worked in the mid-90s. I’m thinking about adding it to my pro video kit just to have another option for recording fantastic natural sound and also as a backup interview mic.
FYI, the Canon 7D only records 12-minute video clips, with or without sound. Philip Bloom recently posted a great article on getting good sound with the camera after using it to shoot interviews in Dubai. He pointed out in an answer to a question in the comments section of that article that camera manufacturers are probably limiting the length of recordings to avoid having their HD video-capable DSLRs being classified as video cameras for tax and legal reasons.
Finding high quality, low budget film making with 35mm still cameras and prosumer HD camcorders continues to be a challenge. I’ve noticed a lot of people getting DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D, and a good bit of what I find is “test” videos, amateur music videos, wedding highlight videos and very low budget short film attempts. Some are clever, some are funny, some are good efforts, and some are just plain bad. But there’s no doubt that DSLRs are causing a pretty exciting surge in creativity.
COMING SOON: I recently found a really funny video series featuring, of all things, a TURTLE! It’s got great cinematography, a clever theme, and all five videos feature a story arc that is very satisfying. I’ll post it here within the next few days, so keep your eyes out for “Turtle Hero (funny series).”
By the way, I’ve decided to wait on purchasing a DSLR for video at the moment. I want the Canon 5D Mk II for stills and HD video, but I suspect the recent price drop is a sign that Canon have a replacement in the works, which might be announced as soon as this year’s NAB Conference. Purely conjecture, but usually falling prices mean something better or newer is on the way. I think Canon has probably been scrambling to get a 5D mk III in the pipeline after seeing how popular it and the 7D have been with videographers and cinematographers. I also figure that Canon’s competitors are also working on better DSLR video hybrids, and I expect to see these rolling out by late Spring or Summer of this year. In the meantime, I’m enjoying getting back into still photography with my Canon G11, which a recent comparison test showed actually makes sharper still images than the Canon 7D, a real surprise to me. I’m more than pleased with the results.