We all know that DSLRs are present in Hollywood and many scenes in blockbuster movies were shot using a DSLR camera (especially action scenes). "Marvel's The Avengers" is another good example. Canon's EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR cameras have been used on the set of Marvel's latest movie, to capture thrilling point-of-view action shots that can be seamlessly intercut with footage from the film's principal 35mm and digital cinematography cameras to heighten the film's visual impact. "Marvel's The Avengers" is a movie about the confrontation between nightmarish super villains attacking the Earth and the super-heroic team of Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow.
Such movie required close-quarter action work with unrepeatable stunts.
"The 5D Mark II and the 7D digital SLR cameras produce excellent, cinema-worthy images. They are great for shooting additional angles that give film editors more options for creating powerfully immersive and kaleidoscopic views of action scenes," explained the film's cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey.
On the set of "Marvel's The Avengers," McGarvey and his crew used five Canon 5D Mark II cameras and two 7D models. Using multiple cameras limited the need to re-shoot complex action scenes, and the affordability and compact size of the cameras enabled the crew to obtain ample coverage by strategically angling them from various vantage points throughout the set. According to the creators, the cameras' small size was a major advantage to them and they were able to place them in tight locations that were really close to the big stunts, which would be too risky to do with bigger cameras that would require an operator and two assistants. McGarvey was able to slide one of the Canon cameras into a sewer grating, while placing another under a pile of debris for a key shot of a car hurtling toward the lens, flipping through the air on fire.
"We are thrilled that the EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR cameras were called to action on the set of 'Marvel's The Avengers.' We designed these cameras with versatility and flexibility in mind, and their ability to record beautiful 1920 x 1080 HD video, coupled with their compact size, make them an ideal fit for filmmakers looking to capture tight action shots," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.