House Season Finale Filmed Entirely with Canon 5D Mark II

The season finale of the popular TV show House, which will air on May 17th, was filmed entirely with the Canon 5D Mark II. cinema5D overheard the plan last month and Greg Yaitanes, the director of the show, has confirmed it through a tweet in which we made himself open to questions.

We’ll republish some of the interesting questions and answers here, interview style:

@MVRamunno: What is the difference in how it looks on a TV screen compared to a regular camera?

Greg Yaitanes: richer. shallow focus pulls the actors faces to forground [sic]

@oamad0101: How many frames per second and why a Canon 5D Mark II?

GY: 24p and wanted it for ease of use in tight spaces.

@unikissa: Ok, seriously. Can you tell us something about the lenses you used?

GY: all the canon primes and the 24-70 and the 70-200 zoom

@sarabury: Did you have to change any of your working practices to fit in with differences between the 5D and a typical setup?

GY: some. focus was hard with these lenses but more “cine-style” lenses are being made as we speak.

@marykir: were you using CF cards for storage or some sort of mass storage mod? seems like you would need a lot of cards :)

GY: some 18gb or something like that card. gave us 22 min of footage.

@Drdiagnostic: How was the quality as compared 2 the traditional camera used in shooting?

GY: i loved it and feel it’s the future. cameras that can give you these looks

@klizma: How did you manage to stabilize the camera in tight spaces? Any special kind of brackets?

GY: no. mostly gave it a hand held feel. or on a small tripod

This is quite an endorsement for Canon, with a network giant entrusting the finale of one of its most popular shows to the 5D Mark II (which happens to be the first digital camera to take the Presidential portrait as well).

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the popularity of the show:

In 2008, House was distributed in a total of 66 countries. With an audience of over 81.8 million worldwide, it was the most watched television show on the globe and far surpassed the viewership figures of the leading TV dramas the previous two years

If you haven’t yet, check out the short film, The Last 3 Minutes, which we posted earlier today. It was filmed with the same camera.

(via Canon 5D tips)

  • Camclik

    Just to update… “Name” has sent a link to the full specs of the original “5D” showing that it indeed CANNOT SHOOT VIDEO!! We are all such idiots aren't we! This is such a bombshell, I don't know what to say. This, by the way, was in response to my last post about umm… a month ago? He says (AGAIN) we need to “deal with it” I don't know about anyone else, but does he realize he is completely on his own with this campaign and needs to get a life?
    And before you reply “Name” yes… we know the 5D cant shoot video and we need to deal with it but as much as it upsets you I, we will all continue to refer to the 5D Mk II as the ” 5D” and WE all know what we mean even if YOU don''t… SO DEAL WITH IT!!!

  • guest

    If “we” would all refer to the 5DMk2 as the “5D” then “we” would all be talking about shooting video with a camera that can't shoot video.

    And “we” would all look like idiots.

    Luckily that's not the case. Only some of us here look like idiots.

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  • Karel Bata


    All shot on the 5D!

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  • kingpaul

    I do not like restaurants that are the meat and fish, do not exceed in anything …. I take pictures or make movies …

  • Razey

    Dude, we are talking about a tv show shot on a still camera that has the use of video. When we mention 5D and are talking about a video production it makes sense that we are referring to the 5DmkII.

    People who try to introduce conflict in an internet comment are the ones who are 'idiots'

  • Eman

    Oh but the “Mk2″ cannot shoot video, either!!!11 And why would you be refering to the 1Ds in the first place, this is an article about the 5D!

    Get a life, really..

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  • guest

    I saw it and to me the video looked flat.
    Definitely not as rich and colorful as before.

    And it was clear that the highlights were blown-out.

    I was going to write them and ask that they go back to the old hardware, but I realize the massive cost-savings of using a small portable DSLR over a big 35mm film camera. The shots taken in the scenes where the woman was trapped underground would have been much harder. Certainly it helped to be able to hook the camera up to a computer for remote-monitoring even control.

    So this is a mixed bag.
    So much of it depends on exactly what they were using before and what features it has or doesn't have relative to the 5dmk2.

    (see? not easy to do: “5dmk2″. )

  • Karel Bata

    Gale Tattersal, DP on House, talks about using the D5:

  • Daniel

    You´re just incredible..

  • guest

    so it's the D5 now?

    Anyway in another reality-implosion, Panasonic films an “exciting new ad” for the new G2…with Canon gear.

  • guest

    “Dude, we are talking about a tv show shot on a still camera that has the use of video. When we mention 5D and are talking about a video production it makes sense that we are referring to the 5DmkII.”

    It makes no sense to talk about the 5D as if it could shoot video.

    That is where the conflict is coming from. People like you who have no sense, and people like me who have sense. It's like calling Bush Reagan and saying that since you're talking about Reagan when Bush is actually the president that everyone must know that you're actually talking about Bush. You're just being stupid.

  • guest

    seriously you and many others here are just being stupid and then trying to use stupid justifications for being stupid

  • guest

    Note also that now there's a hack for the Panasonic GH1 and its ilk that allows them to shoot video at 50Mbit/sec, passing the 5DMk2 in capability and quality. So especially since the Panasonic is smaller, lighter and can shoot to SDXC why not switch to that?

    that should keep you birdbrains fluttering for quite a while, trying to keep the name of the camera straight LOL

    or just not bothering to, more like it

  • guest

    here's one of many sources to it

  • guest

    …sorry I should be more clear.

    I wasn't talking about the Spitfire MkII.
    Which can actually shoot video.

  • Walker

    “Only some of us here look like idiots.”

    You can say that again – get out of your basement and get a life hero.

  • guest

    Only some of us here look like idiots.

    But those who do often overshadow the rest of us LOL

  • Claud Yeiser

    I just purchased my brand new, and fantastic video taking, still frame shooting, 21mega pixal 5D from Canon. I really am enjoying the 5D and all the video functions it offers. I am not the greatest of video shooters, but figured it would be a fun option to play with on my 5D.

    I guess that as a 5D owner I should learn all the abilities that it has, especially the ability to shoot VIDEO!!! Being a Nature photographer, being able to actually film the animal before it runs away while also getting a still image with my 5D will be awesome!!!

    And yes, I call it a 5D.. in fact, I walked into the Camera Store, asked for a 5D, and was given a brand new, in the box Canon 5DMkII… So, even the High End Camera Stores know it as a 5D.

    Have a wonderful day!

  • canon5dmkii user

    excuse me for interupting, name someone, I am a e.n.g. and e.f.p. film camera man. After working years on for film and the television industry with camera's of all kind. I feel a bit confused about your statements. yes the DOP choses the camera. No-one else. And yes the 5d (mkII) can shoot video (1920-1080 24 or 25P) There is a bit of moire in some clips especially when full open. I have the Canon 5DMKII myselve and shoot a lot with it. Most recently sold clips to HD stock libraries who normally only buy stock from 35mm, super 16mm film shots and/or the range of top notch HD camera's. If you don't know the 5dMKII can capture good video with a beautifull shallow DOF and a noise floor beyond what the eye can see at night. Perhaps this forum is not the right forum for you. I feel you do not know what you talk about. And accuse people who do. You say some about that you feel its all Canon here…. I have been the first in my country to introduce the digital cinema camera's of P+S. With the camera's Slumdog Millionaire was made. And yes it did win most of the oscars, bafta's and many many other prices for quality of footage. Every time there was something nice to mention in my country there were enormous amounts of certain people claiming it could not be true. Most of these claims were from one site/ one type of (camera owners) namely Red One owners. I have measured the Red as well as most other camera's. And do recognise the Red One lover in you. Either buy a Red One and start posting how great it is for the rest of your live. or have fun with it as perhaps you already have one.

  • canon5dmkii user

    perhaps, maybee, perhaps
    after years of searching, without a result
    the real missing link is finally found.
    It is you: no name.

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  • Joe

    There are pictures of them shooting scenes in it. End of this discussion.

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  • Ibakamglobal

    I shoot by 7D 1920×1080 29.9 format & I start editing With Adobe cs5 when I start editing the performance is good but after a few cuts the project stare slow to process I use core(TM)2 Duo cpu & 4GB ram

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  • Ben

    Yes, unfortunately most of them are. The problem is however mostly to do with the size of the chip (2/3 inch) being the standard for broadcast cameras and the as opposed to 35mm on the mark 2 and the inability to fit cine lenses to most video cameras. The mark 2 is not perfect, it has it’s own problems, primarily the CMOS censor and it being fiddly and sometimes irritating to use, but for it’s price it definatley has a place in the industry. Horses for courses. Personally I think the red one camera is the best digital option on the market, but a kit is much more expensive. Will still choose film whenever we have the budget.

  • House MD

    Leno could be shot on a Flip video camera. Bring back Conan and bill it as the first late night show shot on a DSLR. haha

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  • lah

    I want to know how they dealt with the OVERHEATING issue.

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  • Kllee

    Can help me for the convert progresive to interlace, because i film video using the 5D,when editing the the video looking in jerking.

  • Anonymous


    Let the morons who think owning a 5D will make up for their lack of skills go buy one. That way Canon will make more money and be motivated to develop even better cameras for us to buy who know what we’re doing.

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  • Guest

    Hey retard, you forgot a period at the end of your second sentence.

  • Leslie

    What a douche

  • robertoblake

    I think that I may have to get the Cannon 5D to shoot my starwars fan film project…. if its good enough for House, its good enough for me…