Canon’s newest flagship cinema EOS camera was put into the hands of Cinematographer Russell Carpenter and ASC and Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford. Together they created the beautiful short film, "The Calling," that takes a look into the lives of three people in the American West.
The Canon C700 is a high-end cinema camera made for feature, commercial, or documentary projects. The EF and PL versions boast a dynamic range of 15 stops with 4K raw at up to 120fps through an external recorder. If you’re unfamiliar with it, check out this article that goes over some of the features, but also questions if Canon was a bit late in releasing a camera at this level.
The behind-the-scenes feature above shows how Stableford and his team worked in a number of typical, yet challenging production scenarios. Whether it was low light in a bar scene, or fighting midday sun with very bright highlights, one thing that kept coming back was the C700’s ability to capture a broad dynamic range with exceptional detail. And the larger form factor didn’t keep Stableford from hauling it up the side of a cliff to shoot handheld clips of rock climbing.
Here is the short film that was created:
So what do you think about the visuals here? At first glance I wasn’t terribly impressed, but when I sat down to write this article I watched the film full screen, and had a change of heart. The colors, the detail, it all looks really good. I think this would be a great camera choice to rent for a commercial shoot sometime, I personally can’t wait to get my hands on one.