As every filmmaker knows one is always up against the clock. There never seems to be enough time to get the shots you want in one day. Changing from one set-up to another takes time, especially if you have a large crew, lighting and a lot of camera equipment to move around such as a dolly and tracks. This is where HD DSLR cameras come into their very own.
Their form factor and ease of use, as well as low light capabilities, brings greater flexibility and speed into everyday filming situations, especially when you are shooting on difficult locations and places where you may have little control of the space around you. Also, their comparative low cost enables the filmmaker to shoot multiple cameras at one time, very useful if one is shooting, for example, a complex action scene, which could be difficult to repeat.
One cinematographer who has embraced HD DSLR cameras with both arms is Shane Hurlbut, ASC. He has shot many feature films such as Terminator Salvation starring Christian Bale and Swing Vote starring Kevin Costner, and he is using these cameras, which he says is a “game changer”, in many of the TV Commercials, Music Videos and Short Films that he shoots.
Read this dv article about Shane Hurlbut and what he has to say about shooting this training commercial for the elite US Navy Seals.