Learning from “Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012”

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I just posted a new thread over at Creative Cow in the new Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera forum. Here’s what I posted, and feel free to either post here or there if you have comments. Thanks.


If you haven’t watched it yet, I’d take an hour or two of your time and check out the latest Zacuto series, “Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012”, parts 1 and 2. Much more than a direct camera shootout comparison on how better camera “X” is better than camera “Z”, it really shows how far camera technology has come to the point where it’s really a very subjective opinion as to which one is the “best”. The whole time this reminded me very much of speaker comparison shootouts, where again, favorites being made are highly subjective from person to person.

At this point, shooting a great quality image for your short or film is truly based on skill and the skills of those you have on set with you. Skilled post/finishing people don’t hurt either. Don’t let camera numbers and marketing cloud your thinking. This has been one of the biggest reasons for my excitement of the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera; it’s affordable to anyone without sacrificing quality. I wish the BMDCC had been built/available for this shootout, because it surely would have produced an amazing image on the screen with the others.

I really believe the BMDCC will be an even bigger hit for cinematographers, new and old, than the 5D Mk II was when it first came out.

Honestly, if you can’t make a beautiful image for your short or movie, don’t blame it on the camera because that surely isn’t the problem.

Shoot, shoot, shoot. Learn from your mistakes. Then shoot, shoot, shoot again.

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Marco Solorio is an award-winning feature filmmaker, published author, and international speaker as a 30-year veteran in the industry with many industry awards to his name. As owner of OneRiver Media, he has produced, directed, and lensed content spanning from commercial to feature film works. As a credited thought-leader in the industry, Marco has consulted for the likes of Pixar, Apple, and Google to name a few. Along with published books to his credit, Marco has also been featured in... Read Marco's full bio here.

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