Sundance 2013: List of Cameras Directors Used Shows Variety

Filmmakers use whatever camera gets them the shot

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Regardless of budget, story, or even shot list, there were no sacred cows when it came to the cameras used on the films that were shown at Sundance this year. Although some of the typical models like RED, Arri and Sony’s were used, there was a wide variety rigs taken advantage of, and some used more than one platform to get the shot they needed.  Let’s take a look.

Arguably, the most popular were Arris – the Alexa, Arricam Lite, Arricam Studio, and even Arriflex film cameras; RED’s Epic, One and One-MX, and Canon successfully weighed in as just as many shot on the 5D Mk. II and III, 1D , 7D as well as the C300. Sony was well represented with over a half dozen shooting on the EX3 and F3 respectively, and some even shot on the FS700, FS100 and the F900 CineAlta, a workhorse camera that arguably brought us digital cinema, along with the Canon XL1. Panavision was well presented as just about every recent model found it’s way before a film set as the director yelled action. And even the Apple iPhone, Cisco FlipCam and Canon Vixia camcorders were deployed. The complete list is from IndieWire, but here’s some notable inclusions:

Apple iPhone:

“American Promise”

ARRI Alexa:

“Blue Caprice”
“Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes”
“Hell Baby”
“Il Futuro”
“In Fear”
“I Used to Be Darker”
“The Lifeguard”
“The Rambler”
“There Will Come a Day”

ARRICAM Lite:

“Circles”
“Houston”

ARRIFLEX 235:

“Houston”

ARRIFLEX 416:

“Shopping”

ARRI film camera (unspecified):

“Austenland”

Canon 1D:

“The Summit”

Canon 5D:

“American Promise”
“Blackfish”
“Blood Brother”
“God Loves Uganda”
“Google and the World Brain”
“Inequality for All”
“In Fear”
“Life According to Sam”
“Narco Cultura”
“A River Changes Course”
“The Square”
“Valentine Road”
“What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love”

Canon 5D (Specifically designated Mark II):

“99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”
“After Tiller”
“Escape from Tomorrow”
“Jiseul”

Canon 5D (Specifically designated Mark III):

“99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”

Canon 7D:

“After Tiller”
“American Promise”
“Blood Brother”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Inequality for All”
“In Fear”

Canon C300:

“Inequality for All”
“Life According to Sam”
“Twenty Feet from Stardom”

Flip Cam:

“American Promise”

GoPro:

“American Promise”
“Google and the World Brain”
“In Fear”
“S-VHS”

Panavision Millenium XL:

“The Spectacular Now”

Panavision Platinum:

“The Spectacular Now”

Red EPIC:

“C.O.G.” (with Vintage Panavision Anamorphic lenses)
“Concussion”
“It Felt Like Love”
“Milkshake”
“The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear”
“A Teacher” (with anamorphic lenses)
“Twenty Feet from Stardom”
“S-VHS”
“We Are What We Are”

Red ONE:

“Pit Stop”
“Virtually Heroes”

Red ONE MX:

“Escape from Tomorrow”
“Jiseul” (with Zeiss Ultra Prime lens)
“Newlyweeds”
“This is Martin Bonner”

Sony EX3:

“After Tiller” (with a Letus Prime lens adapter)
“Fire in the Blood”
“kink”
“The Moo Man” (with a nanoflash)
“The Summit”
“Twenty Feet from Stardom” (with a Letus Prime lens adapter)
“Valentine Road”

Sony F3:

“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Google and the World Brain”
“Inequality for All”
“Manhunt”
“Touchy Feely”
“What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love”

Sony F900 CineAlta:

“Fire in the Blood”

Sony FS700:

“God Loves Uganda”

Vixia handheld camera (unspecified):

“American Promise”

Unspecified DSLR and smaller cameras:

“Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer”

So while we are clearly into the digital revolution, film isn’t going gently into that good night when it comes to new blood directors, who are more than willing to use any camera they can to get the shot they need.

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

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