The Soundwave Chair, a short promo shot on a 5D

24 July 2010, Flagstaff, AZ

One of my students enrolled in my Spring 2010 documentary class at NAU’s School of Communication, Jan Henslinga (from the Netherlands), asked to learn more about shooting with HDSLRs for documentaries, so we went out to a local “new age” shop, Sacred Rites, in downtown Flagstaff and shot this promo piece using the Canon 5D Mark II.

Soundwave Chair from Kurt Lancaster on Vimeo.

A short documentary about the soothing soundwave chair, featured at Sacred Rites in Flagstaff, AZ. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II by Jan Henslinga and Kurt Lancaster.

I was really struck by the quality of the image when compared to a documentary I shot Summer 2009 on a Sony A1U: “The Art of Cher Lyn: A Healing Journey” (Flagstaff Film Festival, Aug. 2010 and Awareness Festival, Los Angeles, May 2010).

The 5D really shined with depth of field and richness of color.

Edited on Final Cut Pro in Pro Res 422 (LT) with additional color grading with Magic Bullet Looks. Audio recorded externally on a Tascam DR-100 with a Rode NTG2 mic and in camera with the Rode Video Mic. At one point in the film, I had to use the backup audio from the Video Mic. Can you tell where it occurs in the film?

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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