A Documentary Revolution? Using DSLRs as Movie Cameras – 14 July 2010

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Explore with us the new lightweight and inexpensive camera that is taking the world filmmaking community by storm.

Panel discussion and demonstration.

WHEN: Wednesday 14 July 2010, 6.00pm arrival for 6.30pm start

WHERE: AFTRS Theatre, Fox Studios
Entertainment Quarter.
130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW.
Map: http://www.aftrs.edu.au/about/contact-us/sydney.aspx

ENTRY: Suggested donation $5

RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat.
This event is open to the public. Parking fees discounted after 6pm, or with validated ticket from AFTRS.

Panelists, Erika Addis, Rebecca Barry, Nicola Daley and Dan Miau will explore the technical capabilities of the Canon DSLR Camera both positive & negative and processes employed in using a Canon DSLR Camera successfully in the making of Documentary Film.

Specific areas which will be addressed:

  • tech specs for Canon EOS 5D Mkii, 7D, 550D
  • file formats
  • strengths
  • limitations
  • accessories available and required
  • interchangable lenses
  • sound capability
  • transfer time
  • editing
  • grading

Video clips will embellish areas of discussion where we will demonstrate the positives and negatives of using a DSLR camera in making documentaries. Apart from the technical aspects, discussion will also cover the role of the DSLR camera in the creative process. Rebecca Barry and Nicola Daley will have just arrived back from India where they were using a Canon DSLR 7D on a documentary.

Come early as session is guaranteed to be well attended.

More about the panel:

Erika  Addis

Erika Addis

Cinematography Lecturer AFTRS, has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years. Her work as a Cinematographer and Director of Photography includes a broad range of documentaries, feature films and television series. Her consistent delivery of high standard work has resulted in a raft of award wins including AFIs, awards from the Sydney Film Festival, an ACS Golden Tripod and a Kodak award from the St Kilda Film Festival.  Erika has an MA (Hons) in Film and Television specialising in Documentary and Screen Studies from AFTRS. She is presently studying all aspects of the Canon DSLR cameras.


Rebecca Barry

Rebecca Barry

Is an award-winning director, writer and producer of documentary and drama films. She has been the recipient of many awards including winning the Best Student Documentary Prize at the Australian Documentary Conference 2003, the AFTRS Film Australia Award 2003 and the recipient of the AFTRS Screen Critics Circle Award for Best Director and Best Film. Her works as Director or Producer include, Footy Chicks, The Surgeon, Beats across Borders, The Space In Between, The McDonagh Sisters and “Overture. On her present documentary being shot in India she is shooting with a Canon DSLR 7D for the first time.


Nicola  Daley

Nicola Daley

Is an award-winning Cinematographer, experienced with film, video and HD, and in all areas from music videos to drama to documentary. Recently she has shot her first feature film Girl Clock and is working alongside some of Australia’s most renowned documentarians, including Rebecca Barry with whom she is presently collaborating with on a documentary using a Canon DSLR 7D camera.


Dan Miau

Dan Miau graduated from AFTRS in 2003 in Location Sound Recording. He has recorded documentaries and factual TV series such as Miracles, Bomb Harvest, Bondi Rescue, My Family Feast, Australia’s Greatest Albums, and The Art of Walking. This year he has noticed a change in cameras. “A lot of productions are shooting on the 5D and 7D”.

Other specialists may be added to panel.