Filming ‘Hunting for Hedonia’ on the Canon EOS C300 mark II

Filming ‘Hunting for Hedonia’ on the Canon EOS C300 mark II


I think that if you need to understand
something, you need to understand it on an emotional level and images
can do that. For me, that’s one of the greatest qualities of being a filmmaker,
where you work with images that can actually touch an audience or change
somebody’s mind. It’s so interesting to make stories about science because
there are so many great things happening, but in a crazy pace that we actually
have to consider what we’re doing, and I would love to be a part of telling
the stories that will actually allow the audience to think about where
we’re taking these these amazing new sciences. So the film is about deep brain
stimulation, it actually helps Parkinson patients stop trembling. It can better
the lives of depressed patients and a lot of new trials are underway and it’s
fascinating to follow this science. I’m Ben, I’m the cinematographer. I’m from
Berlin and I’ve been working in cinema for more than 10 years now.
So in this film we worked but both a past and a present and that required
that we had to be very flexible. We were doing documentary style filming.
We visited patients, doctors and we were able to be in very delicate situations, be in
the moment and still get something really really beautiful out of there. When I create pictures, I try to feel. I try to get myself into this moment and I try to catch a mood that comes out of this
situation. We also really had to recreate the past in this film, so we had to work
with fiction, shooting fiction scenes with actors, re-enactments. This was of
course much more controlled and in that sense we were really able to use the
equipment to its fullest. We have elements that are from another time, so
we need a different look, we need a different feel. I like to work with
different cameras so we have options. On this production it’s been the C300 Mark II
the C200 and 5D, so it gave us a lot of opportunities in different situations
and I like that combination and the flexibility that it gives the team. I’ve been shooting a lot of my films with the Canon C300. It’s really an interesting camera because it is very intuitive. I feel like the buttons are in the right places in terms of how I want to work and how I
move, and in this regard it’s it’s become an extension of me when I work. It has fulfilled this intuitive feeling
that I need to have when I work.

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