The DSLR cinema revolution began over ten years ago. Professional filmmakers, students, video journalists, event video shooters, production houses, and others jumped at the opportunity to shoot cinematic images on these low budget cameras. The first edition of the book mapped the way focusing exclusively on DSLRs. This new edition shows how you can create stunning cinematic images using low budget cinema cameras, from iPhones to the C200.
The author examines new cameras and new projects as filmmakers shoot action movies with the Panasonic GH5, craft personal stories with Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera, make documentaries and short films with the Canon C100 Mark II, and create music videos with the 5D Mark IV.
This book, like the previous edition, takes the wisdom of some of the best shooters and empowers you to create visually stunning images with low budget cinema cameras. It includes six all new case studies, as well as updated examples from short films and documentaries. This book contains the essential tools to make you a better visual storyteller.
"A huge thank you to Kurt Lancaster for giving a voice to DSLRs in this new trail-blazing book."
—Shane Hurlbut, ASC, DP of Terminator Salvation
"This book should be in every camera bag. A rich, comprehensive, and poetic examination of how filmmakers and cinematographers are creating stunning moving imagery."
—Rodney Charters, ASC, DP of the TV series 24
"Kurt has written a masterpiece in DSLR books—something that everyone starting to make a movie should read."
"Out of nowhere, two DSLR cameras came out, and over a period of 18 months, they have been embraced by everyone from Lucasfilm to keen enthusiasts. This is easily the most exciting time I have experienced in my 20 or so years in the business."
—Philip Bloom, DP, director, filmmaker (philipbloom.net)
Foreword by Shane Hurlburt, ASC
About the Website
Introduction – The Rise and Fall of the DSLR Cinema Revolution
Chapter 1 – Composition, Lenses, Blocking, and Camera Movement
Chapter 2 – Lighting
Chapter 3 – Exposure
Chapter 4 – Recording Quality Audio
Chapter 5 – Postproduction Workflow
Chapter 6 – Telling Better Stories
Chapter 7 – Cinematic Gear on a Budget
Chapter 8 – David Tembleque: Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera in Dear Tom
Chapter 9 – Joe Simon: Canon’s C100 Mark II in Fragments by Dana Beasley
Chapter 10 – Philip Bloom: Canon’s 7D in A Day at the Races
Chapter 11 – Kiril Kirkov: Documentary Intimacy with the Canon 5D Mark III in Art of the People
Chapter 12 – Po Chan and Shane Hurlbut: Canon’s 5D Mark II in The Last 3 Minutes
Chapter 13 – J. Van Auken: Filming Action with Panasonic’s GH5 in Unmasked
Chapter 14 – Mari Cleven: Filmming Documentaries on the Canon C100 Mark II
Chapter 15 – Bibbi Abruzzini: Filmming Documentaries on the Canon 5D Mark IV