Having covered horse racing as a profession for the past 7 odd years, it dawned on me one day that I should bring my 5D Mark II down to grab some video. The ideas expanded in a few days and I decided to make a proper film out of it.
Shot over a couple of months, this film was really only possible with the small format HD DSLRs. Broadcast format cameras would have been cumbersome and punters are generally not receptive to cameras. Of course, the shallow DOF was what I was after and the ability to shoot in low-light areas was a big plus. I had concerns with the jello effect while shooting the race itself but it turned out fine. A Mark IV was used for the raceshots and was shot at 50p. A 5D Mark II and 7D were used for the other shots. If I wanted shallow DOF, the 5D Mark II will be the choice. If light was sufficient and I need extra reach, the 7D was brought in. Any slow motion and action shots would be the Mark IV.
A variety of lenses were used, from tilt shift lenses to Sigma's 300-800. A 70-200 2.8 IS was used with a slider for dollying. Handheld shots (16-35, CZ 28-85) were with the Zacuto Z-finder while tripod shots had the Marshall 651ST monitor.
Edited and colored in Final Cut Studio with Magic Bullet Looks.