Here’s what I managed to get shooting a single day’s worth of material behind the scenes on Puberty Blues. I was basically shooting this in between setups. You’ll see some scenes with cast as well so you’ll get a sense of some of the shots that were actually used in the show. Most of this is handheld with a couple of monopod shots towards the end.
This was all shot some time ago with Pre Production software on a very early preproduction camera. In fact, I shot this with the first version of the camera that could actually shoot 25 FPS.
Several shots in this are actual shots as used in the series. Mostly used the 15-85 EF-S canon EF and the Leica 35mm F2 and 50mm R mount lenses. The shot’s of the girl on the bed, Ashleigh Cummings, and the couple nearly kissing are both directly taken from scenes where I shot with the camera on set. You’ll see some iris pulls and focus adjustment live in there as well.
There is still the occasional pink highlight which is now addressed with V1.1 firmware. This was all shot ProRes FIlm and had a simple single node grade done in Resolve.
The last few shots were done right at the end of the day and I used a monopod then too. Shot at 1600 ISO and at the very last little bit of daylight. I also did use a higher shutter angle on some shots as I didn’t want to stop the ISO down any further.
This is a good example of what to expect when shooting handheld with a BMCC. The camera had no rig at all and I was just handholding a straight body. I spent a single day shooting this and a day editing it together.
I’ve seen a few discussions about not being able to shoot handheld with the BMCC. This was actually shot before any review cameras went out, but I just wanted to show what you can achieve shooting with a basic BMCC in the hand. No image stablising either, though that’s now working too, and would have helped.
I wasn’t really able to show this till now as I had to wait for the producers to give me permission and for it to have gone to air.
Can the BMCC be used handheld ? I think it can….