With My Eyes Closed

I’ve got a nervousness bubbling beneath the surface.  We go to camera tomorrow and I’m using a camera that I’ve never worked with before.  It’s the legendary Canon 5D Mark II.  Cue the angel song and white light.

I’ve been eyeballing this camera for some time.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s perfect for me.  A digital SLR that shoots 1080p video.  I lugged two camera packages half way around the world (twice) and my life would have been a lot easier had I been working with this camera.

We start shooting tomorrow and I simply don’t know this camera as well as I’d like to, for such a high profile gig.  Usually I can make adjustments on the fly without even thinking — without even looking.  Not completely so this time.

It is a Canon at least.  The aperture, shutter speed, ISO, drive mechanism, white balance, and a few other things are all in the same place as my Canon 30D.  The lens doesn’t work the same as my other lenses.  The autofocus mechanism also seems different.

No big deal, it’s just that I now have to think about something I normally wouldn’t need to think about.  Still, that type of thinking doesn’t hold a candle to the fact that I will be shooting video and recording audio with this camera.  I hit the ground running by following Julia Ormond, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jennifer Lynch around on set.

I’d like to drive the Ferrari around town a bit before taking it on the race track you know?  I have these thoughts that at a critical moment, they’re going to need something specific from me, and I won’t be able to make the camera cooperate.

I need to get a handle on how much video I can record on a single 8GB card.  I need to get a feel for how audio is picked up by the internal mic.  I also need to get this camera working with my own wireless lav.  Hmmm…. what else can go wrong?

I’m at home on a film set, so no problems there.  I know most of the crew.  I know where to place myself so I can get in on the action, and not be in the way.  The director and the producer are enthusiastic about the idea of me being there.

Overall, I got more going for me than against me.  Wish me luck!

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