I’d like to shake the hand of the person who greenlit the decision to shoot the season 6 finale of House on a Canon DSLR (cost: £1600). Was it a creative or financial decision? Who knows, but it was a bold one that will hopefully make other production companies take note and raise the bar.
Apparently the whole episode was shot on the Canon 5D MkII and a few of its prime lenses, handheld or on a small tripod. The director, Greg Yaitanes, loved it and ‘feels its the future’. Its a no-brainer: small, light, a 24p film look, shallow depth of field, no tapes, no real-time digitizing, ten times cheaper than a HDCAM camera. If I owned a production company I’d chuck out my Z1s now and get one of these.
The show goes out in May in the US (and not scheduled in the UK yet) so I don’t know what it looks like but no doubt it will look amazing. You can watch a short 3-minute film designed to show off the Canon 5D MkII here.