October 1, 2014 at 10:01AM


Shooting Commercial for Movie Theater Screen

Hey all, long time reader, first time poster, etc.

I've been tasked by my employer to shoot a 30 second spot to be played in local movie theaters before the previews.

I'm currently working with a Canon T4i and some kit lenses (just ordered the 35, 50, and 85mm Rokinon Cine DS lenses off Beach Camera)... a set-up that's far from fabulous but with which I manage to get a satisfactory image for my employer.

I'd imagine (compressed) 1080p not looking great on the big screen, though. My question is: do I rent a 2k or 4k camera plus lenses for this shoot? And if so, which ones are preferable to the others? Would the Blackmagic cameras be sufficient here?

This is really a trial by fire kind of thing for me as I've only shot on dSLRs before, and this is just the start of my research journey. I just wanted to ask you fine folks what my best options are first so I go into discussions with the theaters, the rental place, and my boss with an informed perspective in tow.



Update: I got a list from the vendor of acceptable formats + resolutions, and they list their "ideal spec" as 1080p, 24p drop frame, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). So I'm thinking I'll be renting the following from borrowlenses.com:

5D Mark iii
Atomos Ninja 2 (to "bypass" H.264 recording)
480GB Sandisk Extreme SSD

I've heard only good things about borrowlenses.com, but I wanted to ask you guys about your personal experiences... any horror stories or red flags?

My second question is: Do I need to rent a CF card for the camera if I'll be using the external recorder? Or is it possible/wise to dual record to both the Atomos and camera?

FINAL QUESTION: Any recommendations for a good to great mountable LED light? Modest (?) budget, probably no more than $200. Then again, I do have the corporate credit card...

October 2, 2014 at 11:57AM


I'd skip the 5D Mk3, and go for a GH4 or a7s.

Matt Bastos

October 6, 2014 at 5:20PM

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