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: