Another Confederate Monument
Willie Hudspeth described himself to us as the Fred G. Sanford of Denton, TX. Aside from owning a hauling/reclaiming business, Willie has spent the last 20 or so years protesting a confederate war monument on Denton's town square.
We traveled to Denton for four days to document the announcement of a committee (on which Willie sat) on what to do about the Confederate monument. The monument was erected in (if memory serves) the 1920s and not directly after the Civil War.
I shot the bulk of this doc on the C300. In the past, I've been incredbily intimidated by the MoVi (or any gimbal) and in preparation for this shoot, I spent a lot of time training myself in the proper setup and use of the M5. I opted for a Sony A7S with a Metabones Speedbooster adapter and prime lenses. My goal was to achieve some shots that wouldn't have been possible on a dolly or by other means.
It was moderate successful - I managed to do a 50 yard long tracking shot on the 50mm lens approaching the front door of the Courthouse. The A7S leaves a lot to be desired in the way of camera and focus control - especially after the MoVi is balanced. On the whole, the experiment was a success and a huge learning lesson for me. After this shoot, I figured out how to mount the C100mk2 on the M5 and utilize its dual-pixel autofocus to keep a wider aperture while on longer lenses.
We shot a lot of scenes for this movie that had to be cut down drastically for time.
C300mk1, C100mk2, Sony A7S, Canon L Series Zoom Lenses, Rokinon Cine Primes.