We saw this Canon EOS 5D Mark II video over the weekend and had slotted it for a post, but yesterday, we were contacted by the Bandito Brothers who made this little ditty. Combine a pretty woman with a fast expensive car (and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II of course) and you’ve got possibly a good little short that interests a lot of people.
“Mouse got excited about shooting video with DSLR cameras about a year ago, however the technology wasn’t quite there. Ever since we made Dust to Glory together we haven’t been too intimidated by fixing or solving problems in post. When the 5D finally hit, we saw it as a game changer, specifically for the immersive feel that we wanted to capture in the Navy SEAL feature film we were developing and about to start shooting. DPShane Hurlbut, collided with Bandito to do a viral campaign for Terminator Salvation which we shot entirely on the 5D and posted at Bandito. Mouse subsequently got inspired to shoot a short film about his own BMW M3 using only DSLR cameras. He wanted to do it quickly and efficiently, which the body of a still photography camera accommodates. We worked with Sumer Friedrich (Producer) and Vic Huber (Photographer) and set the shoot up so that Mouse came back from his feature shoot for a weekend and knock it out. Given the mobility and flexibility of the cameras, we did do a few pick up shots to grab some other angles, but the gist of the piece was shot in that first weekend. The spot and short film were edited by Steve Prestemon who is a good friend of Mouse’s and an accomplished tier one car editor; Steve would cut from home and our Assistant Editor Siobhan Prior would relink his cut to media at Bandito.
From a shooting stand point we had the clear realization that we could actually do this in available light and process everything here at Bandito. We were shooting 5K stills and 1080p (30) HD, so our job in post was to combine those and make the pieces as dynamic as possible. I don’t want to give away too much about how we shot each of the shots, but suffice to say the only effects or cg work that was done, was paint clear up and some image pan/zooms. Having the 5K still image sequence canvas was great because it gave us room and resolution to move. Mike McCarthy who has his own site, hd4pc.com started as my intern and turned into a post architect for us to help us solve technical problems and typical obstacles within complicated workflows, so we all put our heads together and figured the most efficient way to get the project done.
I have been a consultant for Adobe’s video products for years and we used CS4 tools like After Effects and Premiere Pro to conform and finish the project.Download PDF