Last year, I made a film in Hanoi to see what kind of film could be made with only a backpack of gear. (http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/173/858661)
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 (http://robtinworth.zenfolio.com/sichuan) 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
superclamp and ball head
audio technica Pro70 lav mic
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.