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Rob Tinworth
backpack filmmaking sequel
on Oct 9, 2012 at 3:20:48 pm

Last year, I made a film in Hanoi to see what kind of film could be made with only a backpack of gear. (

I took the lessons I learnt making that film (most of them anyway) and applied them to this one:

It's called 'Children of Leprosy' and documents a community of leprosy villages fighting stigma in southwest China. It was made in a week of hiking these villages in Sichuan. I'm still shooting with the 5D MkII, so there are still a lot of the technical issues that were present in 'Vietnam Moto Beep Beep'. But 'Children of Leprosy' reinforced the advantages of working with compact gear and a small crew.

I was shooting stills at the same time ( so it made sense to shoot with the 5D. But I must admit the idea of working with a camera that is designed just for video like the C300 is mighty attractive.

Here's what was in the backpack:

kata hb205 camera backpack
Canon glass - 14/2.8, 24/1.4, 50/1.4, 100macro/2.8, 200/2.8
zacuto viewfinder
superclamp and ball head
audio technica Pro70 lav mic
tascam dr-2d
sennheiser mke400
pclix remote
singhray vari-nd filter

I was also carrying the Retrospective Lens Changer 3 shoulder bag. I can't recommend this highly enough - it has made working with primes practical.

Things I'd like to update in that backpack:

- I need to get a smaller lav. That Pro70 is too big in the interviews.
- That 50/1.4 isn't a great lens. Anyone have any experience with the 50/1.2? Or suggestions for a better 50mm prime?

Note what's missing from that backpack from Vietnam Moto Beep Beep is the slider. I would take it if I'd gone with a slightly bigger team, but I can't honestly say I missed it that much during the shoot.

Rob Tinworth

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Noah Kadner
Re: backpack filmmaking sequel
on Oct 9, 2012 at 5:55:48 pm

Wow- that's a pretty stunning achievement- kudos Rob!

:) I love the Sanken COS-11d for compact lav- practically microscopic. The 50mm 1.2 is pretty impressive if you can swing the cheddar. :)


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