January 17, 2016

First Feature Film Shot Entirely on Prius Backup Camera is a Real Game Changer

Sometimes a camera comes along that changes everything you thought you knew about filmmaking. This -- is not that camera.

Visionary director Mateo St. Portugal and his crew set out to turn the cinematography world on its head by making the first feature film shot entirely on the Prius backup camera. They were kind enough to provide a behind-the-scenes look at their cinematic process, which will teach you how to frame your shots from the backseat, how to use proper etiquette when rousing your DP from a donut-induced coma, as well as how to avoid running your cast over. 

Check out the BTS featurette for Check Your Surroundings for Safety below:

This video comes from Mommy Comedy, an LA-based sketch comedy group headed up by Andrew Heder (who played Mateo) and Ryan Kelly (who played screenwriter Randall Hamms), and really -- it's the perfect thing to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Not only does it remind us that the quest for revolutionary filmmaking is sometimes outrageous, but it also pokes fun at the wild creative hubris found on many film sets. (Look at all those scarves! You know your ass ain't that cold, Mateo!) Aside from giving us all few laughs, maybe it'll help remind us to have fun on set and not to take ourselves (or filmmaking) so seriously.      

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This is amazing

January 17, 2016 at 4:15PM

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David J. Fulde
Colorist
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OK, that was good. iPhone filmaking comes immediately to mind when looking at this...

January 17, 2016 at 4:20PM

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Aha really funny !

January 17, 2016 at 4:33PM

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hippase
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Look at that Dynamic Range on that Camera! Ill have to pick up one of these at NAB!

does it shoot 8k?

January 17, 2016 at 5:10PM, Edited January 17, 5:10PM

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It's concerning to me that I wasn't sure that this was satire until I opened the page.

January 17, 2016 at 5:20PM

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I didn't realize this was fake until 10 seconds into the video. I should really read the articles first.

January 17, 2016 at 5:36PM

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Alexandra
Videographer / Documentary Filmmaker
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Cant Wait to They Start Making the Prius Shoot RAW...This is Going to Be Amazing!!

January 17, 2016 at 7:09PM, Edited January 17, 7:09PM

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CABLE (X-FORCE)
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But will it run Magic Lantern? Does it shoot raw?
How about 4k?

January 17, 2016 at 8:19PM, Edited January 17, 8:19PM

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John LaBella
Director
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I was planning to shoot a film with my fridge's camera but started to worry about this camera's dynamic range. Can anyone recommend me a fridge with a better camera? I am into documentary films but incidentally I will shoot weddings; my budget is under $1,500. What do you recommend?

January 17, 2016 at 8:32PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
Director
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I absolutely lost it when they went to use the tape measure for focus.

January 18, 2016 at 12:04AM, Edited January 18, 12:04AM

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Andrew Abballe
Director of Photography
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Um.... where's the record button? And do you insert the SD card below where you insert a CD?

January 18, 2016 at 1:36AM, Edited January 18, 1:36AM

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"Aside from giving us all few laughs, maybe it'll help remind us to have fun on set and not to take ourselves (or filmmaking) so seriously."

Maybe V. Renee should listen to her own advice.

January 18, 2016 at 10:44AM

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When seriousness is requiered seriousness should be taken.

January 23, 2016 at 4:16AM

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Enrique Godinez
Director/Producer/Actor
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Oh. The making of The Revenant. I see.

January 18, 2016 at 2:30PM

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Hopefully Red will come to their senses, and start using Prius sensors in their new cameras.

January 18, 2016 at 5:31PM

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LukeP
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Ha! Orson Welles never thought of shooting a film with a Prius camera. I'm dead.

January 19, 2016 at 8:29AM

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Sannah Parker
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