“I’ve done a couple of projects for Burberry recently and, thanks to the versatility of the Canon’s Cinema bodies, we could shoot them in very different ways,” he explains. “For one of them, we rigged the C200 and the C300 II as proper cinema cameras. We used a full shoulder rig and loaded the C300 Mark II with follow focus and Cine Prime lenses. We also used Cine Primes and follow focus with the C200, but as it’s smaller, we had that on a Movi Pro gimbal. Even then, the cameras’ size meant we only needed a unit of three of us – much smaller than we would have done with certain other production cameras.”
“On the second Burberry project,” he continues, “I had to be much more run and gun, being the only operator. So there I used the C200 alone. No monopod, no tripod and working totally handheld with just the CN-E 18-80mm IS lens. So you see, it’s really easy to use the same piece of technology in two totally different ways. And these are cameras that are actually affordable to own – and they work out of the box without needing to buy lots of additional accessories. You can always add more on, but you’re not hampered at the very beginning, which I think is really useful,” he points out.
Sometimes a project calls for higher spec, “and that’s where I will bring in a C700 FF”, says Simeon. “So there was another Burberry project where I wanted a particular look, which only the full-frame sensor would offer. We had two days filming real businesses and real people, but we had to be careful not to have too many logos in the background. And working fast meant that we didn’t have time to set-dress or tidy up too many items. But having that really shallow depth-of-field meant all those issues were blurred out. And the camera is still mobile enough to move lightning quickly across multiple locations and just totally blitz a shoot.”