Vincent Laforet’s “Reverie”

30 Sep

It’s been under heavy development but it appears that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR is finally here. This is a camera that can shoot still images at 21 Megapixel, and—more importantly—can shoot high-definition 1080p video at 30 fps.


Canon allowed photographer Vincent Laforet to experiment with the SLR’s HD video capability, and the result is his short film, Reverie. It is truly stunning – the images are crisp and the colours absolutely pop.


View Reverie here.


This camera will change the way we, as an audience, consume images. The integration of HD movie capability into a high-end 21 Megapixel camera opens a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists, news photographers, documentary makers and, dare I say it, serious filmmakers.


Shooting digital holds numerous advantages over shooting 35mm. Apart from being handheld and versatile, the second primary advantage is colour. Digital, much like the naked eye, manages to pick up all the little details and gradations of colour and tone within its environment. 35mm simply does not have this capacity.


Commercial, music, skate and surf directors have been using HD to great effect. Significantly, so to have serious “auteurs”. Case in point: look at the work of director Michael Mann—one of the leading proponents of digital technology in film. Mann started experimenting with digital editorial flourishes in his earlier films like The Insider and Ali, before going all-out and shooting almost entirely in digital for Collateral and Miami Vice (for which he used the Thomson Viper FilmStream cameras). As a result, Mann’s movies are an exercise in aesthetic—his images cascade around you and immerse you in a world of sensation.


Increasingly, more and more directors are turning to digital so as to capture the imagery that meets their creative vision. Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic) used a RED One for The Argentine and Guerrilla – his two-part biopic on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro. Meanwhile, David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac) recently used the Thomson Viper FilmStream for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


The Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR digital will essentially democratise studio quality HD video. The body-only price tag of the Canon is a US $2,700. Sure, it’s enough to put you on 2 Minute Noodles for the rest of the year – but for accessible high definition video, nothing comes close. And it’s a frickin’ SLR!


3 Responses to “Vincent Laforet’s “Reverie””

  1. Hayley October 2, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    Holy crap. I want one.

    I can smell the mee goreng right now….

  2. Fabio Pirovano October 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    Great Hardware…2500€ have to start safe…

  3. Jeff Whitley October 6, 2008 at 1:43 am #

    We were really excited about the project and what Vincent had actually accomplished. Impressed so much so that we were able to coordinate a podcast interview with Vincent and also get a Q&A session to boot.

    Very interesting!!

    We really enjoyed the whole process, was fun hope you enjoy!

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