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Set Zebras To Infinity

If you’re not a camera nerd you might not have seen this quite cool short film shot in HD using only the recently-released Canon 5D Mk II, but you should, because it’s a pretty neat short filmed with a pretty impressive and almost-affordable piece of technology. But that’s not what I wanted to mention, really.

What I wanted to mention was this: right now, if you buy

  • A Canon 5DMkII
  • A high-end Mac Pro
  • Two 30″ screens
  • Final Cut Studio 2 and Shake 4
  • Two Marshall Electronics USB microphones
  • Some small variety of lenses for the Canon
  • A couple of top-quality CF cards and
  • An off the shelf backup solution, then

what you end up with is a basic professional-quality movie studio for a bit less than $20k. Not edit-suite or soundstage or something: end to end pro grade movie production, for less than the price of a decent entry-level car.

Wild. Man, big movie studios are doomed for so many reasons.


  1. Posted October 1, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I think you need to define “pro” in that case. If you mean “about what film students might have access to,” sure. If you mean “what Michael Bay has access to,” no.

  2. mhoye
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Well, obviously. The point here is clearly not what people with a hundred million dollar budget have access to.