House season finale filmed entirely with a DSLR

The season finale of House, a popular medical drama TV show, was shot entirely with a Canon 5D Mark II. Director Greg Yaitanes revealed the news through twitter and proclaimed it “the future” of filming due to the crisp focus and shallow depth field that a digital SLR and its photography-specific lenses provide.

PetaPixel has organized the various tweets that Yaitanes shared, providing the details of the entire experience. The season finale will air on Fox at 8PM EST on May 17.

@MVRamunno: What is the difference in how it looks on a TV screen compared to a regular camera?

Greg Yaitanes: richer. shallow focus pulls the actors faces to forground [sic]

@oamad0101: How many frames per second and why a Canon 5D Mark II?

GY: 24p and wanted it for ease of use in tight spaces.

@unikissa: Ok, seriously. Can you tell us something about the lenses you used?

GY: all the canon primes and the 24-70 and the 70-200 zoom

@sarabury: Did you have to change any of your working practices to fit in with differences between the 5D and a typical setup?

GY: some. focus was hard with these lenses but more “cine-style” lenses are being made as we speak.

@marykir: were you using CF cards for storage or some sort of mass storage mod? seems like you would need a lot of cards :)

GY: some 18gb or something like that card. gave us 22 min of footage.

@Drdiagnostic: How was the quality as compared 2 the traditional camera used in shooting?

GY: i loved it and feel it’s the future. cameras that can give you these looks

@klizma: How did you manage to stabilize the camera in tight spaces? Any special kind of brackets?

GY: no. mostly gave it a hand held feel. or on a small tripod

@Stollen123: why didnt you use Canon 7D i know its not a full frame camera but it has a better video..5D II needed an upgrade to be like 7D

GY: smaller sensor. we had it on the truck but never needed it.

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