The folks at Zacuto, are constantly outdoing themselves. Not only in upping the products they make, but also in producing short films about their love of films.
Their long running series, “Filmfellas,” interviews today’s influential filmakers – while being shot like a feature film. This is where most people were introduced to charismatic, British DSLR auteur, Philip Bloom.
Today they release part one of a three part series that tries to answer the question: Are DSLRs able to compete with 35mm film? Have we hit the digital motion picture tipping point?
The MacGyver of digital video cameras, Philip Bloom can shoot beautiful images on just about anything. And his string of video product reviews, world travels and active blog somehow leave him time to try every new camera that is released.
This weekend, Bloom took a break from his F-Stop Academy in Dublin to shoot with a pre-production model of the new Canon 7D. I realize the SLR form factor may not be the best for video, but ever since I witnessed the 5D video from Vincent Laforet, I’ve been fascinated by what these cameras can do. I know it’s blasphemous to utter, but I believe film is dead.
I always have grand plans when I hit the floor of NAB. Meet with vendors. Learn about new products. Take pictures. Shoot video. Edit stories and get them on b-roll.net as quickly as possible.
Looks easy on paper, but even with the great assistance that I’ve had over the years (Stewart Pittman, Chris Weaver, Brad Ingram, JL Watkins and the perennial lifesaver, Andy Grossman) it’s still a little too much to take on in such a short period of time.
Andy and I roamed the floor for two days and found some cool stuff. Lots of lights – interesting peripherals – monitors and new cameras. Stay tuned for the highlights.
I was lucky enough to run into Philip Bloom at the Miller booth. Bloom, a UK based DoP and Director has done some amazing reviews of cameras and gear. We’ve “mooched” many of them and put them on b-roll.net. He’s a great guy who even made it by the b-roll.net BASH – and married the waitress.
Bloom had his video camera rolling constantly, so check out his irreverent look at NAB here.
UK shooter and review artist, Philip Bloom takes a look at the new JVC GY-HM700 HD Camcorder. I saw this in person at the recent Northern Short Course. It’s a cool little camera with the cheapest “tapeless” media you can buy ($16 for 8GB cards from Amazon).
There is definitely a battle in this “small shoulder-mounted” camera category between this JVC and the new Panasonic 300.
If you want a tight depth of field on a Sony EX3, Philip Bloom (http://philipbloom.co.uk/), a UK based cameraman, may have found the perfect thing. The Letus EX3 Relay is a DOF adapter that allows you to use film lenses on a video camera. The added control and ability to capture more film-like depth-of-field make this a great option for digital filmmakers.
The images are beautiful so check out the video for more…
Philip Bloom (http://philipbloom.co.uk/), a UK based cameraman, has put together an amazing video review of the NEW Panasonic HPX-301e (basically the European version of the HPX-300 being discussed on the b-roll.net FORUM).
Take a look at the great images and honest review of the newest camera from Panasonic.