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Film Shot with Canon 7D Bought for $4 Million, Hits Theaters Later this Month

If you decide to watch the new indie film “Like Crazy” when it hits theaters on October 28th, keep this in mind: it was shot using a Canon 7D. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year, which led to Paramount snapping it up for a cool $4 million — much better than $200,000 in profits using a Canon 5D, wouldn’t you say?

What do you think of the footage seen in the trailer above?


Thanks for sending in the tip, Vlad!


 
  • SammyC

    The soundtrack can make or break a movie. As for the footage – it looks spot on.

  • SammyC

    The soundtrack can make or break a movie. As for the footage – it looks spot on.

  • http://twitter.com/martinbeebee Martin Beebee

    Nice, but cameras don’t make movies — people make movies.

  • http://twitter.com/leahkcat Leah

    I saw this film at Sundance – it’s a decent film, but the style and shooting made it very intimate and real.  They talked a bit, after the screening, about using the camera and the way they shot things.  It makes for a different type of film making – one that could do VERY well.  (as for the movie, it’s well done but not the most unique plot in the world).

  • RyanH

    Not a big fan of handheld DSLR footage…too many rolling shutter and moiré issues. But as Martin cameras don’t make movies…

  • http://twitter.com/leahkcat Leah

    oh, as an aside. Drake (filmmaker) said that this film was shot with NO script. Just 50 pages of plot point – the rest was entirely improv. As such, even more challenging to film, but the cameraman (who had a rather awesome self made rig for the 7D) almost becomes another ‘character’ in the scenes, improving along with them all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thoughtstorms -Keith Hale-

    Accidentally misleading headline!  The camera didn’t cost 4Mill.  
    Try: “$4M Paid for Film Shot with Canon 7D  DSLR Camera”, perhaps.
    Interesting story, just buries the lead in grammatical quagmire.

  • JosiahE.

    Something tells me that Paramount is the winner…

  • http://arenacreative.com/ ArenaCreative.com Stock Photos

    Wow, definitely showing how when technology becomes more affordable and more widely available to the general public, it’s going to change the game.  Crowdsourcing is a powerful force to be reckoned with in all sorts of industries.  In this case, some talented artists got the attention of the right people in the right places.  Good for them!

  • Nathanhawkins32

    I wonder what lenses they used…

  • Nathanhawkins32

    I wonder what lenses they used…

  • http://www.worksplash.com Oscar

    I guess doesn’t really matter, does it?

  • http://www.jphotog.com Hrunga Zmuda

    What about the CF cards they used? :)

    Just kidding. Of course it’s the director’s and cinematographer’s eye that “makes” the movie. But to criticize this story because it points out the camera used shows the posters don’t know much about professional photography/videography. Having different tools lets one do different things with their work. That such cameras can be so inexpensive, and produce such good looking footage is remarkable. It’s early in the game, so you’ll see rolling shutters, etc., but in the end, what’s really amazing is how little money it takes to make such good movies. 

    Yes, sometimes technology is worth noting. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatyana-Skymyrka/723478596 Tatyana Skymyrka

    hey, anyone remembers the Blair Witch Project and the very kwl $240+ million it made?  They didn’t have 7D

    it’s all about creativity really: montage or marketing, you pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatyana-Skymyrka/723478596 Tatyana Skymyrka

    hey, anyone remembers the Blair Witch Project and the very kwl $240+ million it made?  They didn’t have 7D

    it’s all about creativity really: montage or marketing, you pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Precisely.  It’s just like the old “Delicious meal, you must have a really good oven” parable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Precisely.  It’s just like the old “Delicious meal, you must have a really good oven” parable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jroalkvam Jostein Roalkvam

    THIS ^

  • Anonymous

    oh cool, more shakey cam work to get me annoyed while watching, and overuse of post filtering… lovely, i’ll make sure to skip it!

  • Howie

    Yeah too much wobbly camera movement, muted colours and what looks like underexposure throughout many scenes really annoys me. The story might be good but I’d spend so much time being critical about the look that I’d go crazy. Not for me.

  • Howie

    Yeah too much wobbly camera movement, muted colours and what looks like underexposure throughout many scenes really annoys me. The story might be good but I’d spend so much time being critical about the look that I’d go crazy. Not for me.

  • http://www.vimeo.com Paul

    Hopefully the DSLR generation will eventually wake up and realize that shaky camera technique is not punk rock, just playskool amateurism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/khalil7878 Khalil Destined ForBerklee-Abd

    Yeah if you say so, thats why House was shot on the 5d right, and music videos galore or shot on the 5d and 7d

  • lebtcho

    skin tones sucks …but overall its good ;)

  • Anonymous

    Anyone one of you who say that DSLRs dont work in film are complete idiots. The fact they are used in a lot of movies and you don’t even know proves it. Black Swan and the Avengers both use the canon 7d for certain shots and look amazing. I use them a lot for Music Videos.

  • Nxlfilms

    You guys sound like a bunch of haters. This just goes to show that you can be a successful writer or director and do thing the way you want. If Hollywood like sit they’ll pay for it anyway. Congrats

  • bobby s.

    It’s the LENS, baby, the lens. Really good story.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbyWashTweet Bobby Washington

    i understood what the writer meant!

  • http://twitter.com/BobbyWashTweet Bobby Washington

    Does anyone know which lenses were used in this feature.

  • Eamonn

    Anybody know what lense was used

  • submod

    people with cameras.

  • submod

    no hating here. it’s not hate you smell, it’s fear. everyone is afraid of the indie guy these days.

  • submod

    i’m pretty sure the tripod works in video mode also.

  • submod

    several house episodes, some of the avengers… tons of sh!t being shot on DSLRs

  • Noël Ill

    For a low budget indie film, I thought it was exquisite. The style in which it was shot completely compliments the story. Like Leah mentioned below, it has an intimate feel. The muted colors and soft look contribute to that intimate feel. As an artist, I’m thrilled with the fact that I can have access to great quality equipment to shoot my own footage and do not have to rely on a studio anymore.

  • Abdel

    is it 5d or 7d??