Back in Jan 2010, we shot a very low budget short film called “Down, Right, Hearted.” We had a local film student on set with a Panasonic HVX200 catching random moments. It was freezing cold, so cold a tripod head cracked in half. We were getting an establishing shot with an 8′ jib. Most of the crew was from Filmosaic, a local film company. The short stars Jordan Crowder and Lacy Prince.
For this project, we didn’t have a proper preview monitor, so we used a 22″ HDTV. It was quite a burden for one guy on set to be carrying around the TV, but it was nice being our first 7D project to have a big enough monitor to pull focus. The goal was to shoot 90% of the project with a hand held motion to the shots, in doing that we used a homemade steadicam. The lenses we used on the shoot were a Canon 24-70mm f2.8L, and a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8. We pulled focus with a follow focus from IDC Photography. We used a car mount from Filmtools to get some driving shots. We recorded with a duel recording system. The used a Rode Video Mic as a reference for the camera audio, and boomed using a Senn me66 to a Zoom H4N digital recorder.
It was amazing being able to see the difference in how these DLSR cameras do in low light situations. We did use some lights, but found ourselves bouncing a lot of light, and utilizing a couple of 1k lamps, and some china balls. But for the most part, we were constantly rushed, and out of time, so we used a lot of natural lighting. Enjoy the raw clip below.