Another Video SLR Convert

I personally have very mixed feelings about the rise of video DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D mark II. I can't deny that some of the work being done on these things is amazing, and the Zacuto Shootout that's being released bit-by-bit is clear evidence of the potential of these cameras. This post, though, isn't about my opinions about this trend - that's coming soon. This is about promoting a friend and his work. Richard Crook, a DP from Dallas that I've worked with recently shot a short film on his 5D rig. I saw production stills this morning and while my first thought was "et tu, Richard?" my second thought was "well, it's certainly a step up from his HVX200/Redrock rig (sorry, Rich, you know how I feel about that kit). This afternoon Rich caught me online and sent me a link to a preview of "The Key," and I have to say, it looks fantastic. With some lightweight dolly and crane gear, a good video rig, and a small crew, he shot something that is beautiful, professional looking, and at a value well beyond its budget.

After watching that, I wanted to share Rich's blog on the tools he used to turn his 5D into a real cinematic tool. So, please take the time to check out his "Complete Idiot's Guide to the Canon 5D MkII."