I am currently in production for my second feature film titled Split. The film focuses on the dissolution of a marriage between Jack, a recovering alcoholic who lost his first wife in a drunk driving accident, and Bethany his new wife – who suffers from Borderline personality disorder.
Unlike my first feature (Footsteps) which was shot on RED, I decided to shoot this one on the BlackMagic camera. Because of the nature of this film, the budget and crew size, I decided that using a smaller camera would give us a better end result. Essentially I wanted more time to focus on the story, actors and other important elements. The only problem was, the BMC camera wasn’t released in time and as a result I needed to choose a new camera for the shoot. I considered many options including going back to RED or shooting on mixed formats, but ended up deciding to use my GH2 after all that.
At first I was hesitant to do this as I had never used this camera (or any DSLR) on a project of this scale, and wasn’t certain it was up to the task. I took a risk though, invested in new some gear and lenses for the camera and it has paid off. The quality that I have gotten from the camera has really been superb and I am continually impressed by this little machine.
Here are a few lightly touched frame grabs from the shoot so far:
To make this camera useable in the context that I intended it for I did need a substantial amount of gear. Below is a selected list of some of the gear that I am using with the GH2 right now. Over the next few weeks I will be giving some reviews on these products and describe how they held up on this shoot:
Cinevate Atlas 10 FLT Slider
Jag35 Offset DSLR Shoulder Rig & Follow Focus
DiCAPac Underwater SLR Case
Western Digital My Book Studio – Metal
Sachtler Ace Tripod
Marshall M-CT7 7″ Monitor
Some stills from on set with the gear:
Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!