What Cameras Did Sundance Filmmakers Use?
Indiewire posted an article this morning listing a bunch of films from Sundance 2013 sorted by the cameras they employed. It's definitely not a comprehensive list (it seems to be limited to the filmmakers that Indiewire got face time with at the fest), but it's an interesting look at how low-budget filmmakers are thinking about acquisition.
Based on Indiewire's sample, the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III are still go-to cameras for indie filmmakers, followed closely by the ARRI Alexa and the Red Epic.
The absence of film cameras from the list is striking, but not surprising. Indiewire found just five movies for its list using traditional film cameras from ARRI and Panavision: Austenland, Circles, Houston, Shopping, and The Spectacular Now. But Kodak, ever-vigilant about this sort of thing, spotted another eight that Indiewire missed: Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award (drama) winner Fruitvale (pictured, above) and Best Cinematography winner Ain't Them Bodies Saints, plus Don Jon's Addiction, Kill Your Darlings, Lovelace, Mud, Stoker, and Sweetwater.
Kodak focused on verifying the celluloid origins of movies that showed in the festival's high-profile dramatic, spotlight, and premiere programs. So there could be more film-originated titles in the mix — but probably still just a handful out of the 193 films screened at Sundance this year.