Since the emergence in 2008 of cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90, a growing number of filmmakers have been experimenting with and delivering 1080p HD video projects shot with these highly sensitive yet relatively inexpensive DSLR still cameras. Unfortunately, with the affordable price tag come several maddening limitations, especially for filmmakers. Our panel of early adopters will help you navigate the good, bad, annoying and truly liberating aspects of using a DSLR camera on both short- and long-form video shoots.
• How to stretch your production budget with smaller and fewer lights
• Ways to minimize and correct rolling shutter
• Best practices for synching audio
• How to use filters and other tools to combat overexposure
•Tips for working around the automatic default modes in most DSLR cameras
•The latest firmware updates on manual aperture, ISO and shutter speed control
•The latest updates in FCP and other editors aimed at simplifying DSLR post workflow
Charles Papert, Director/Cameraman
Charles Papert's film career spans a wide range of eclectic credits. As a 2nd unit director of photography, as well as a Steadicam and camera operator, his feature credits include Office Space, Balls of Fury and American History X. On television, his Steadicam credits include Ugly Betty, Scrubs, The West Wing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to his traditional industry credits, Papert is one of the co-founders of Instant Films, a 48-hour filmmaking festival based in Los Angeles. He has executive produced more than 125 short films, 11 of which he has directed. He is also an emerging expert on HDSLR filmmaking techniques and spoke on the subject during a Super Session at NAB 2009. Recently he has collaborated with Vincent Laforet (Reverie; Nocturne) on a series of projects shot with the canon 1DMKIV and 7D cameras.
Andrew Disney, DP
Andrew Disney is the director Searching for Sonny, an independent feature film currently being produced in Fort Worth, Texas. All the footage is being captured with a DSLR camera.