The Canon 5D Mark II is approximately 2.5 pounds with a still lens, 4.5″ high 3″ deep, and 6″ long. Wow!
It is nimble and inexpensive so you can have multiple camera bodies working in different configurations simultaneously. Not being stuck with a traditional shoulder mount allows you to create a new visual language.
We used the 5D Mark II to shoot the fight sequences in a feature project for the Navy Seals. The film is Act of Valor, directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy and produced by Bandito Brothers, Legendary Pictures, and Warner Brothers.
The versatility to get into places that were previously impossible to reach with a camera of this quality is exciting. Capturing incredibly low angles is now easy.
Overhead shots that usually required a crane or jib arm, now need a speed rail menu arm or a c-stand.
You have to keep on thinking outside the box. Break free from traditional thinking and embrace the size and weight of this little movie maker.
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About Filmmakers Academy Cinematography Mentor Shane Hurlbut, ASC
Director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC works at the forefront of cinema as a storyteller, innovator, and discerning collaborator, who brings more than three decades of experience to his art. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild/Local 600, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Hurlbut frequently joins forces with great directors: McG’s Netflix Rim of the World and The Babysitter, plus Warner Bros. We Are Marshall and Terminator: Salvation; Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed and Act of Valor; and Gabriele Muccino’s There Is No Place Like Home and Fathers and Daughters. His additional film credits include Semi-Pro; The Greatest Game Ever Played; Into the Blue; Mr 3000; Drumline; 11:14, which earned Hurlbut a DVDX nomination; and The Skulls. Notably, his television credits include the first season of AMC’s Into the Badlands.