When director Ross Partridge and cinematographer Doug Emmett were in pre-production on their nine-episode web series Wedlock, they wanted a cinematic, shallow depth of field look.
They also knew they needed a camera package that was highly mobile and lightweight for stealthy shooting in practical locations. It also had to have great low-light capabilities in order to control the size of their lighting package and offer a broad choice of lenses. They decided on Canon EOS C300 digital cinema cameras and Cinema prime and zoom lenses.
“We didn’t want Wedlock to look like video,” says Emmett. “We needed a really high-quality image that looked as cinematic as possible. That’s what we got with the combination of our three Canon EOS C300 cameras and Canon cinema lenses.”
Executive produced by the indie filmmakers The Duplass brothers, Wedlock is a comedy, which stars Mark Duplass and Jennifer Lafleur, about two Type-A friends who decide to give romance a try — with the help of a therapist, of course.
The show was self-funded. “We took the ball into our own hands to see if we could produce it and then sell it to content providers or distributors,” explains Partridge. “We can package it and sell it as a series and then create a whole other season if we wish to.”
The production schedule was hectic. Wedlock was shot in a private residence in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles over the course of four days. “In a world in which digital cameras are used heavily in TV production, the jump to the EOS C300 camera was very easy,” reports Emmett, who added that the camera’s form factor benefitted the DP since the budget necessitated working with a smaller crew.
Melville, New York — Canon is offering a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line.
Now available is a new optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera which will support Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (AF) technology and enable continuous autofocusing with the entire line of Canon EF lenses and optimized for Canon’s stepping motor (STM) line of lenses when used with the EOS C300 camera.
This optional feature upgrade is expected to be available in May 2014 for a cost of $500.00 and will require the EOS C300 camera body to be shipped to an authorized Canon service center for installation.
In addition to the optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 camera, Canon has also made available the RC-V100 remote control for Cinema EOS cameras and the XF Series professional HD camcorders; a firmware update that allows for Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens or the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens with the EOS C500, EOS C300, or EOS C100 cameras and a Continuous Recording function for the EOS C100 digital video camera to help ensure capture of crucial shots in unpredictable situations, such as documentary, news, or wildlife production.
“We continue to strive to demonstrate our support of filmmaking and television production professionals through innovative new updates and equipment upgrades that allow our products to better serve these visual storytellers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, EVP and GM, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon USA. “By listening to our customers and responding to the various ways our equipment is used in the marketplace, we look to continually advance the capabilities and features inherent in our cameras, lenses, and accessories.”
See here for more info: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/standard_display/cinema-firmware.