From iPhones to Arri Alexas, SXSW filmmakers used a wide variety of cameras and lenses to capture their unique visions, and the reasons for their choices are just as varied.
No Film School reached out to filmmakers screening their films at SXSW 2017 to find out which cameras and lenses they chose for their films and why. As we expected, camera and lens choices run the gamut based on the styles and budgets of the projects, the looks desired by the directors, and whether the film was a narrative or a documentary.
We surveyed several filmmakers at SXSW about cameras and lenses, and here, in their own words, are the reasons behind their camera and lens choices.
“Use whatever’s easiest and closest at hand. I used iPhones and DSLRs and Google Maps screenshots. Whatever was the most mobile, required the least preparation, and still looked okay in the end.” — Theo Anthony, director, Rat Film (Visions, documentary feature)Discover Which Cameras and Lenses SXSW Filmmakers Chose and Why