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Marines Contest Winners Andrea Cecchini and Martin Guitar – Where’s the 5D II, “For Us All”

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Where’s the 5D Contest II – “For Us All”. We received 153 entries for the contest. There are a lot of good eyes out there, but two of our contestants brought home the gold.

Our 1st and 2nd place winners are Andrea Cecchini from Rimini, Italy and Martin Guitar from Beverly Hills, CA. Our Operations Manager, Anne Gaither, interviewed both of them to give you insight into their work and passion.

Andrea Cecchini from Rimini, Italy - First place winner

Andrea Cecchini from Rimini, Italy – First place winner

Our 1st prize winner is Andrea Cecchini. Andrea is a filmmaker in Rimini, Italy. He won a copy of Adobe CS5 Production premium (25 out of 28 answers correct).

Andrea, please tell us about your background – your Education and Experience
I started my career years ago, initially using analog cameras. I have experience using FCP and Avid editing systems in both television and film. I have attended many educational classes, but the most interesting and beautiful was one that I took in Italy in 1997 in Montalcino (SIENA) to become a steadicam operator with the Best American Cinematographer organized by Cartoni (Rome).

I am now fully dedicated to the use of the HDSLR camera. Much of my experience has come from the study and passion of this work. I believe that everyone can get good results applying these principles.

What drew you to the film industry?

I have always admired film – much more than television. Knowing that a movie such as the Black Swan or a TV show like House use HDSLR technology negates the criticism of those who still argue that the current HDSLR camera is only a step.

I don’t think that the movie industry will ever solely rely on this technology, but the technology can be used to help certain productions remain at a lower cost without sacrificing quality. This is clearly illustrated by the American Defense Department investing $550,000 in this awesome Marines video made with HDSLR technology. The director managed to contain production costs that would have been at least twice as much if film had been used.

Andrea Cecchini from Rimini, Italy - First place winner

Andrea Cecchini from Rimini, Italy – First place winner

Who or what was your inspiration?

I’m particularly inspired when I see a beautiful video on Vimeo created with this technology. I come from a traditional camera background and I still use them. However, I never felt as creative with them as I have with the HDSLR.

How long have you been using an HDSLR Camera?

I have been using one for the past 2 years and I hope to be using one for a long time. I just bought a 1D MarkIV to accompany my “old” 5DMKII. I especially like the form factor of 1DmkIV compared to the other. I have all Zeiss Prime, and some Canon Prime lenses.

How will the prize help you do your job and / or follow your dream?

I’m now using Final Cut Studio but I’m very excited about the Mercury Engine by Adobe Premiere. I have used the trial version. The fact that you can use the original file without having to convert it is a game changer! And the faster speed is very important as well.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Believe in HDSLR and it’s development in the future.

To see some of Andreas’ work, please visit his account on Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/andreacecchini

Martin Guitar, our 2nd place winner.

Our 2nd place winner only missed the grand prize by one answer. Our 2nd place winner is Martin Guitar (yes, that’s his real name). Martin got 24 out of the 28 answers correct and won a custom made Hurlbut Visuals Indie Filter Kit that was co-designed by HV with Tiffen. Martin manages the Animation Department at a production company dedicated to building Web-based products and software demos. We asked Martin to share a little bit of information about his career with our readers.

Martin, what exciting projects have you done with your HDSLR camera?

I just completed a 16-minute short film, entitled “Day 20,” which was shot on the Canon 5D MKII. You can watch the teaser here: http://vimeo.com/19343514

I am also currently developing a full-length feature film to be shot sometime this year.

How will the prize help you do your job and / or follow your dream?

The filters will enable me to go outside and shoot in broad daylight at F1.4 ! :)

For the contest, how did you figure out what was film and what was shot on the 5D?

I looked for the shot’s overall sharpness, as well as the aliasing on sharp patterns. Since I’m accustomed to watching movies shot on film—and I think that there is a unique feeling to film footage—I have to admit that I could just “feel it” on some of the shots (even though I did get fooled on four of them!). I also asked myself which medium I would use for each shot, if I had access to an Arri, 5D, 7D, 1D etc.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Thank you, Shane and the team, for all of the amazing information and stories on your blog. You inspire lots of young filmmakers out there!

We know that you will ask so here are the correct answers to the contest:

1st shot film

1st shot film

2nd shot film

2nd shot film

3rd shot film

3rd shot film

4th shot film

4th shot film

5th shot film

5th shot film

6th shot film

6th shot film

7th shot film

7th shot film

8th shot 5D

8th shot 5D

9th shot 5D

9th shot 5D

10th shot 5D

10th shot 5D

11th shot 5D

11th shot 5D

12th shot 5D

12th shot 5D

13th shot 5D

13th shot 5D

14th shot 5D

14th shot 5D

15th shot 5D

15th shot 5D

16th Shot 5D

16th Shot 5D

17th shot 7D

17th shot 7D

18th shot film

18th shot film

19th shot film

19th shot film

20th shot film

20th shot film

21st shot 5D

21st shot 5D

22nd shot 5D

22nd shot 5D

23rd shot 1D

23rd shot 1D

24th shot film

24th shot film

25th shot 5D

25th shot 5D

26th shot 5D

26th shot 5D

27th shot film

27th shot film

 

28th shot 5D

Thanks again for participating.

Author: Shane

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16 Comments

  1. wow, Rimini, sounds like we have a new Fellini here…

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    • thank you guy :)

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    • johnluisaiden, thank you so much. I thought this would help people remember.

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  2. More film shots than we expected.
    9th shot on 5D is a surprise and really shows what the Canon can, I think.
    But of course it’s every time the light that makes the final image (not the camera).

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  3. Shane,
    At first I thought you were throwing us a curve ball and nothing was shot using film. So that got me wondering – since the DSLRs are so versatile and can achieve this quality of imagery, why would you go through the hassle and expense of shooting film?

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    • Matt Short, yes the SLR’s are an amazing tool, but the moire’ issue killed us on this one. When I tech scouted the morning colors location in Parris Island the brick was such a tight pattern the whole building had this massive moire’ wave across it. Same in Prague, the Marine’s hat and shirt moire’ed like crazy and we had to go with this, we could not alter what a Marine wears. This is why I roll out with a Hybrid approach. At the Iwo Jima memorial I went with film on the technocrane because we had to do a quick leap frog to the crane and wanted to have it all ready to go to capture the perfect light.

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      • Ah moire’, I didn’t think of that one. Nice not to have to compromise a shot due to technical limitations. I need to rethink incorporating film back into my arsenal. Thanks for the insight.

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  4. Hmm, moiré is still a serious problem when shooting in the city (which I often do). Perhaps Canon can solve this problem before I buy the camera…

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  5. Shane. I’m a camerman from Holland that has spent his entire savings on the 5D plus lenses and gear to make a full length movie this year as DP. The DSLR approach was my idea and now the producer/director is not satisfied with any of the testfootage shot on location because of moire in the hair of actors. I have found no solution, and this is going to cost me more money or i’ll lose the assignment altogether. Tried canon L-series and Zeiss primes. I’m a desperate man… :-(
    I’ve been advised to spent a few hundred more on special soft filters AND to make a switch to the Panasonic GH2.
    Any advise is much welcomed!!

    Thanks.
    Martin Beek, Marvels Film.

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    • Martin Beek, the Anit-Moire filters do not work at all, they just soften the image. What is your picture style? I have painted moire out in after effects on Act of Valor, it is the only solution to do it in post. Leica glass will help because of its flatter contrast range and not as sharp, more cream. If you have any sharpening on with your picture style you are increasing the problem. Neutral, -3 contrast, -1 saturation. I hope this helps

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      • Like Shane said doing it in post is the only way.

        A little trick is also to take some stills when shooting your scenes to give you more options when fixing shots in post. For example on my last project there was really bad moire on one side of an actor shirt so i grabbed a still from that scene, cut a little piece of the shirt in Photoshop and tracked it on top. Luckily for me the actor was not moving. No one will ever know and the shot was saved.

        For wide establishing shots, streets and cities it’s pretty important because of the bad aliasing on telephone poles cables and other sharp patterns. I made a tutorial explaining this technique, see it here:

        http://vimeo.com/20003389

        While i’m at it I also made another tutorial to help people converting their 8-bit footage to totally color correctable 10-Bit 4:2:2. It really works well and you can push your footage a lot harder in CC.

        http://vimeo.com/19908622

        Shane thank you so much for the filters(i won the 2d place of this contest) the footage i get from them is incredible. I retired my older non IR NDs from my fleet :)

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  6. hello!, First time poster and glad to be a part of the discussion!

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  7. yup. I was a super close… 152nd place with a whopping 8 correct. Thanks for explaining your issues and why you used film. I was under the same impression, thinking film was rarely used but it was actually the main source for filming. Again, excellent video and congrats to the winners.. you guys really know what to look for

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    • chphotovideo, hey that is why I wanted to do this contest so that people could train there eye. I am in Montreal shooting film and 5D, 85% film and 15% 5D. the hybrid is what it is all about.

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