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How They Shot That: Here are the Cameras Used by the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers

How They Shot That: Here are the Cameras Used by the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers

In advance of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Indiewire sent out brief questionnaires to all of the filmmakers (you can read their full answers in our Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers series). As part of the questionnaire, we asked which camera(s) they shot on.

The ARRI ALEXA, the RED Epic and various models of Canons were the runaway favorites, but the filming method-of-choice ran the gamut — name pretty much any type of camera you can think of, and you can bet someone used it — In fact, festival favorite "Submarine" was shot using an iPhone.

READ MORE: Here’s What Sundance Cinematographers Think of Shooting Film Vs. Digital

As you can see, the vast majority of filmmakers shot digitally, but a few shot on 35mm. Among the films produced on film were "The End of the Tour," "Mississippi Grind" "A Walk in the Woods," "Christmas, Again," "Digging for Fire" and "Umrika," among others.

We’ve arranged this master list alphabetically by camera — please note that some films used multiple cameras, so you’ll see a few repeats as you browse. 
ARRICAM 35mm
"Mississippi Grind"

ARRI ALEXA

"I Am Michael"
"The Nightmare"
"Cronies"
"Sleeping with Other People"
"Homesick"
"People, Places, Things"
"Results"
"The Hallow"
"It Follows"
"Dope"
"Dark Horse"
"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
"Brooklyn"
"Strangerland"
ARRI ALEXA Plus
"Entertainment"

ARRI ALEXA Studio
"Partisan"
"Songs My Brother Taught Me"
"Seoul Searching"

Blackmagic Cinema Camera
"Being Evel"

Blackmagic Pocket
"Dark Horse"
"Bob and the Trees"

Blackmagic Production Camera 4k
"Beaver Trilogy Part IV"
"The Strongest Man"

Bolex
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
"How to Change the World"

Buttonhole Cameras
"Racing Extinction"

Canon XHA-1
"Beaver Trilogy Part IV"

Canon 1DC
"Slow West"
"The Nightmare"

Canon 5D
"The Russian Woodpecker"
"The Mask You Live In"
"Beaver Trilogy Part IV"
"In Football We Trust"
"City of Gold"
Canon 5D Mark II
"Welcome to Leith"
"Meru"

Canon 5D Mark III
"The Overnight"
"Welcome to Leith"

Canon 7D
"The Summer of Sangaile"
"Beaver Trilogy Part IV"

Canon C100
"Most Likely to Succeed"
"3 1/2 Minutes"

Canon C300
"The Strongest Man"
"Pervert Park"
"How to Dance in Ohio"
"Censored Voices"
"City of Gold"
"Most Likely to Succeed"

Canon C500
"The Overnight"

GoPro
"Welcome to Leith"
"The Russian Woodpecker"
"The Overnight"

Hi8
"Larry Kramer in Love and Anger"

MiniDV
"Larry Kramer in Love and Anger"

Panasonic DVX 100B
"Western"

Panasonic GH2
"The Summer of Sangaile"

Panasonic GH3
"The Russian Woodpecker"

Panasonic HBX250
"The Summer of Sangaile"

Panasonic HC-V
"Meru"

Panasonic VariCam
"The Black Panthers: Vanguards of a Revolution"
"The End of the Tour"

Panavision Millenium XL
"The End of the Tour"

Phantom
"The Visit"

RED Dragon
"The Experimenter"
"The Stanford Prison Experiment"

RED Epic
"Princess"
"Take me to the River"
"The Summer of Sangaile"
"The Bronze"
"It Follows"
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
"H."
"The Visit"
"Glassland"
"Meru"
"How to Change the World"
"Turbo Kid"
RED One
"Advantageous"
"Princess"

RED Scarlet
"Advantageous"

Sony F5
"Racing Extinction"

Sony F55
"The Summer of Sangaile"
"Chorus"
"Dark Horse"

Sony FS100
"The Russian Woodpecker"

Sony FS600
"Turbo Kid"

Sony FS700
"Larry Kramer in Love and Anger"
"The Amina Profile"

Sony PDW 800
"Dreamcatcher"

Sony RX100
"The Summer of Sangaile"

Super 16
"Umrika"

Umatic
"Larry Kramer in Love and Anger"

35mm (Didn’t specify)
"A Walk in the Woods"
"True Story"

VHS
"Sembene!"
"Larry Kramer in Love and Anger"

READ MORE: Sundance 2015 Cinematographers on How They Captured Their Most Difficult Shots

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Comments

Frank

Nice article, one thing ibspotted though – ‘Tangerine’ was shot on an iPhone, not ‘Submarine’ :)

Michelle

I think you mean "festival favorite, Tangerine" was shot on an iPhone.

Joshua Overbay

The Witch was shot on the Alexa.

Artur

Sony fs600????

EOE

5D ?!? probably 5D2, 5D3

Indiewire Editors

Thanks for chiming in, Camera Nerd! You’re so right about the Angenieux HR 25." We will cut from the list since we don’t include other lenses.

camera nerd

A couple notes:
* I believe that the "Angenieux HR 25" is not a camera but a lens: the Angenieux 25-250 zoom. It can be used on a range of cameras.
* The original Canon 5D wasn’t capable of shooting video, so respondents probably meant the mk II or mk III.
* Just for clarity’s sake, the Panavision is a super 35mm film camera (like the Arricam).

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