Shooting half-naked women without permits? 5D says yes!


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The most apparent advantage of shooting with an HDSLR aside from cost is its ability to go anywhere inconspicuously.  Director Ilya Polyakov was looking for a way to facilitate shooting three half-naked women on a city street in broad daylight with no permits.  We decided that the Canon 5D was the way to go.  The documentary style aesthetic was achieved by shooting handheld with a Red Rock Micro Eyespy Deluxe rig with Arri Mini follow focus.

We used a Canon L Series 24-105 f4 lens shooting through an ND9 and a pola.  The barrel on the 24-105 extends quite a bit as it zooms.  We didn’t have a donut for our mattebox and papertape inhibited our ability to zoom, so we were forced to create a makeshift camera tent to cut out filter reflections.  Lesson learned… carry duvatyne even on guerilla shoots!

Our makeshift camera tent

Ilya spotting on backwards tracking shot

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Jared Abrams
Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.