We all know that when it comes to film making, the camera we use can have the single greatest bearing on the outcome! But more importantly, it comes down to the mind that guides the camera and captures incredible scenes for posterity. All of that comes down to your training and your personal world views, but let’s take a look at Oscar nominated films and the cameras they used to weave magic.
Recently, Setlife Magazine shared a collection of cameras along with their technical specifications, lenses, and the digital/film negatives used for Oscar nominated films of 2014. Needless to say ARRI swept up the honors in one clean swoop. Every film nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematographer has used only digital ALEXA and 35mm ARRIFLEX for their films.
‘Captain Phillips’ used Beaumont VistaVision, Canon EOS C300 and GoPro HD Hero, while ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ used Canon EOS C500, ‘Her’ used a Canon C300, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ used Phantom Flex, and yet none of them have skipped the celluloid magic ARRI is capable of.
It’s the Lenses that make things much more interesting. The list varies from Angenieux Optimo to Cooke S4, Canon K35, Zeiss Super Speed, Leica Summilux, Hawk V-Series, Panavision C-Series and so on. The list made by Setlife Magazine below will be of great help to know more.
The virtue of the camera is not the power it possesses in transforming the photographer into an artist, but the unquenchable thirst it plants in him to keep on looking for a story to tell. All of these cameras, while truly remarkable, only came to life in the hands of a master storyteller that knew how to tell a tale frame by frame. Having and camera makes you no more a photographer than having a hammer and some nails makes you a carpenter. Master the techniques of film making by learning from the best, and a great camera can become legendary in your hands!
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