If you listen hard enough, you will hear someone, somewhere saying that it doesn’t matter what camera you use anymore to shoot your movie. Soderbergh uses an iPhone, so I can use an iPhone, right? Heck to the yes!
A few years ago, I picked up a Panasonic GH5 and I use to shoot everything that Lee and I do. I love everything about it. We’ve shot short docs, music videos and tons of other things, and I really dig how easy and versatile it is.
When Lee and I first started talking about Dead Dicks, we really thought it might be something we approached Guerilla style, like most of everything we do. Then we sat down with Nico (our friend and DP extraordinaire), and he owns his own Sony FS7, which is also an awesome camera. Since Nico shoots a lot with his FS7, it made sense to go with that.
Then something magical happened and with the support and help of the amazing people over at MTL Grande, we got to play with a classic Alexa and test out a slew of lenses. So many options to choose from. What to do?
After spending a day with the Alexa, we really dug the look, especially when we paired it with a set of uncoated, mini Cooke lenses. Oh, the flares!
Now, we seemed to have graduated up to this amazing package and even though we still believe that you can shoot your movie on any camera, we are ecstatic to be able to get our hands on an Alexa and those surreal Cooke lenses. The pairing will definitely create a unique look for Dead Dicks, which is something we were hoping to achieve from the get go.
The takeaway from all of this, is that you can, and should, shoot your movie on whatever camera you can get your hands on. Whether it’s on an iPhone, GH5, FS7 or even an Alexa, in the end, nobody really cares as long as you make a good movie.