Portland Zen

23 July 2010, Flagstaff, AZ

Check out my new short cinema piece, “Portland Zen”, shot at the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon. I shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with 70-200mm 2.8L lens, and it was my first “big” project since getting the lens. I was not disappointed, but it is a heavy lens and difficult to do handheld work.

Even though it costs more than a Canon 7D body, the Canon L series lens choice is what sets HDSLRs apart from most HD video cameras (especially at the prosumer lever–and certainly for the price points of a $2500 body for the 5D Mark II). I’m not aware of any glass in a video camera that renders images as beautifully as this.

Portland Zen from Kurt Lancaster on Vimeo.

A poetic journey into the authentic Portland Japanese Garden, Portland OR. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II (70-200mm, 2.8L).

It was nearly a four hour shoot and I avoided most wide shots that gave you a sense of establishing a place. Rather, most of the shots are closeups of little surprises I found by looking at little details. My favorites are the spider web and the closup of the stone statue at the end.

Kurt Lancaster, PhD, is the author of “DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video, Focal Press, 2011.” He teaches digital filmmaking at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication.

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