About this short feature:
An Austrian resident has chosen to have his dysfunctional hand cut
off so that it can be replaced with a bionic limb. It's the work of a
Vienna-based surgeon who believes elective amputation and what he calls
"bionic reconstruction" can offer certain patients with traumatic
injuries the best hope of regaining bodily function.

When Neil Bowdler, the BBC Science correspondent, came up with the idea to shoot the “Bionic reconstruction” story, the obvious working tool for me was a VDSLR. Neil was exited and open minded to explore that possibility.

My goal was not to achieve the optimal recognized “film look”. After all, there is no point of having a complete blurred background when Neil is talking about a situation happening behind him….

Also, some of the interviews we made were nicely lit. Unfortunately when editing the short version of the story to “BBC world news” we decided not to use them “content wise”. Those were used later in the longer version done in London for “BBC Newsnight” (bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13453872)

Camera: Canon 7d
Lenses: Canon 17-55 f2.8, Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Canon 70-200 f4.0
Audio: Tascam DR-100 recorder, Sennheiser G2 EW100 wireless system, Sanken Lav mic, Cos 11D
Rig: Vocas
Electronic VF: Cineroid
Tripod: Sachtler DV8 SB
Light: Litepanel 1x1, Viso PH 5502 (kino style)
Editing: Adobe Premiere CS2 with Cineform Neo4k
Color correction: Cineform “FirstLight”

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