January 27, 2017
Sundance 2017

Infographic: Cameras and Lenses Used on Sundance 2017 Films

ARRI dominates the list of cameras chosen to shoot Sundance 2017 movies.

It seems that Sundance filmmakers are quite fond of ARRI. When we analyzed data (via the Sundance Institute and Canon) from 225 films that premiered at Sundance this year, we found that most filmmakers had shot with an Alexa or Amira. Canon cameras were the second most popular choice, followed by Sony and RED. Only one filmmaker shot with a Bolex, one with an iPhone, and one with an Aaton.

As for lenses, Cooke, Zeiss, and Canon were preferred by Sundance filmmakers. Anamorphics and primes were all the rage this year.

The award for "Most Gear Used" goes to Netflix's sci-fi The Discovery, which employed multiple ARRIs, a GoPro Hero, and 16mm, 28mm, 35mm, 45mm, 55mm, 80mm, 110mm, wide, and zoom lenses in its camera package.


For more, see our complete coverage of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

No Film School's video and editorial coverage of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by RODE Microphones.      

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The camera doesn't write the story.

January 28, 2017 at 5:32AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Neat. Would love to know what was the most popular brand/type of mic they used to capture their audio.

January 29, 2017 at 7:32PM

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Sean Quillen
Filmmaker
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This article neglects to mention that two Sundance 2017 films were shot on Blackmagic Design cameras:

“Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)” shot by DP Hernán Herrera with an URSA Mini 4.6K digital film camera:

https://www.sundance.org/projects/carpinteros-woodpeckers

“Casting JonBenet” shot by DP Michael Latham with a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

January 30, 2017 at 2:21AM

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Jamie LeJeune
Director of Photography
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Thanks for this update.. i knew something was fishy.

January 30, 2017 at 7:46PM, Edited January 30, 7:46PM

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Wentworth Kelly
Director/DP/Colorist/Drone Op
2013

Hey! That's because we only listed the most popular cameras, as stated above.

January 31, 2017 at 1:41PM

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Emily Buder
Managing Editor & Head of Community

Thanks for pointing out the small guys, I don't see why NoFilmSchool is only pointing out the established names when the unknown or smaller camera makers could provide more value for independents.

February 21, 2017 at 3:18AM

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Kayode
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Interesting though! But most of time we tend to follow what others are using rather than what exactly we need and possible within our budget. I was wondering how Blackmagic was lef tout :)
Me too would like to know what kind of audio and lighting gears were used most.
Thanks of sharing this...

January 30, 2017 at 2:46AM, Edited January 30, 2:47AM

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Dibyendu Joardar
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