Mircea Goia

My name is Mircea Goia. I was born and raised in Romania (Eastern Europe) and have been living in the United States since 2005. I work mainly as a web developer, web consultant and startup advisor while sharing interests in Internet, entrepreneurship, filmmaking (producing/directing), photography and traveling. Involved in Cinely.com and RomanianStartups.com.


How feasible is it to shoot a feature film on prosumer DSLRs?

May 20, 2012

The latest developments in the DSLR cameras shows that it’s quite cost effective to shoot a movie using them.

Here are some examples:
Reverie by Vincent Laforet
Vincent Laforet blog  (well known photographer)
– Making of Act of Valor movie  and Hurlbut Visuals  (well known cinematographer)
NoFilmSchool examples
Resolve community examples
The Photoletariat examples
Philip Bloom – making of Red Tails (for Lucasfilm)
Adam Westbook examples
Searching For Sonny movie  (Engadget says this is the first feature to be shot using a DSLR )

However, as those above noticed, the DSLR camera processor isn’t yet very good (doesn’t have enough power) at processing shots in which you have lots and fast movements that’s why the shots could be jerky.
But for relatively static images the shots are very good, rivaling a lot with professional video cameras.
For the sound, you may need separate equipment (even maybe a camcorder just for that).

The DSLR are starting to be used in some high budget movies like Iron Man 2 (the shots at the car race – cheaper to be destroyed eventually).

Here is a list of past, curent and future feature films which are using DSLR.

NOTE: This article was published first by me on Quora.com on Mar 5, 2011

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