Eighteen days in the Arizona Desert, during monsoon season, with some of the coolest camera nerds in the industry. A Horse Story allowed for a lot of growth in my ability to pull focus. I was hired as the 1st Assistant Camera for “B Camera”. On the shoot I often doubled as the 2nd AC since one was not hired. The fast paced and ever changing nature of the shoot forced me to adapt quickly to whatever situation was presented next. The heat, radical weather and sometimes unstructured nature of the shoot led me so develop negative feelings. With guidance from my operator and DP I quickly learned valuable lessons in the importance of maintaining a positive attitude no matter what the circumstances may bring. We worked diligently around live horses and always did out best to maintain a safe work environment.
This was my first interaction with the Black Magic 2.7K Cinema Camera. I can say that after over two weeks of work the camera performed beautifully. I never had one issue with overheating or random technical issues. The Camera is a solid build and allows a lot of room for customization. With that being said, the unit lacks many settings and features that are vital to any professional film production. Some of its shortcomings include: Lack of video scopes and meters, over simplified LUTS, Inability to see remaining media space, standard color temperatures without a full range, lack of video aspect ratio markers, only one monitor output. We worked around these issues, but at times it was frustrating that so many of these problems could be easily corrected by changing the menu interface. The best comparison I can give is that the camera is similar to Final Cut Pro X; It holds all the capability in the world to produce great imagery but is overly simplified for the professional users.