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Canon EOS C300 in Angolan Mine Field
Posted by Piotr, motionVFX Team
February 8, 2013, at 9:33 AM

Canon Pro Vimeo Channel shares a new short video with an interview with the next one, after James Longley and Dana Christiaansen, filmmaker who chose the Canon EOS C300 for film project. Rick Gershon, a director of photography from MediaStorm has previously used the Canon 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III. The realization of his latest documentary film became the basis for a practical review of the C300. Surviving the Peace: Angola raises the problem of people in Angola who are still struggling landmines a decade after the civil war ended. The film was shot during July 2012 for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and observations and opinions on how the C300 works in difficult conditions in Angolan mine fields, Rick put on the MediaStorm blog.

Expectations towards a camera for documentary Rick describes in the following way: 

“When working in documentary, especially with a very small crew or in a one-man-band situation, it’s extremely important to have a camera that gets out of your way and lets you do your thing. When the action is breaking in front of you or when you get access to a powerful, emotional scene, the last thing you need to be doing is fiddling with your camera or adjusting one of your attachments. You need to be quiet and discreet and you need to blend into the background and be forgotten. This was how I worked as a still photographer and this is how I want to work in video. Having a compact, ergonomic camera that was built to be a video camera is really important. Everything needs to be a fingertip away and it needs to be intuitively placed. But at the same time you want a camera that has weight and is steady.”

Summary of the test results are very good for C300:

“Despite the few things that bothered me about the C300, I found it to be a phenomenal verite-style documentary camera. In fact, for this type of work, given the form factor and features of the camera, in my opinion, there is not a better camera out there right now for guys like me. (...) Working with the C300 in a documentary setting was a really great experience. I was truly blown away with just how user friendly the camera was and how quickly I became comfortable with it. And of course the footage speaks for itself.”

More Rick's observations on settings and usage the C300 in these special conditions you will find on the MediaStorm blog here. The entire Surviving the Peace: Angola you can watch here.


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