Canon HD Digital SLR Cameras Provide Documentary Filmmakers With Creative Freedom
“Documentary filmmakers have long agreed that the more inconspicuous the camera, the more ‘truth’ it can capture. The proliferation of compact, highly mobile video cameras during the past 20 years has proven this to be true, but many of today’s documentarians not only want a camera that won’t intimidate interviewees, they also want a camera that can capture imagery that’s more cinematic. The filmmakers behind two of this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries achieved both goals by using digital SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. Directors Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom) recently discussed the advantages of their Canon digital SLR cameras during interviews at the International Documentary Association’s Los Angeles DocuDay event. Each documentary took advantage of a different EOS DSLR and series of EF lenses to uniquely capture their particular stories. Dennis’ camera of choice was the EOS 5D Mark II, while Walker and her director of photography Aaron Phillips used an EOS 7D DSLR.