As we work behind the scenes on a lot of upcoming film projects, we are using our creative energies to create a series of quick and informative series on the Catholic faith.
Our first video answers the simple question “How Old is the Catholic Mass?” It uses the letter of St. Justin to Antoninus Pius in 155 A.D. that describes standard Christian celebration in the second century as a basis to compare it to the modern day Catholic Mass.
We used this video as an experiment on using our DSLR camera (Nikon D3100) to shoot the video. The pros of using the camera fall into the benefits of using any DSLR to shoot video… the depth of field options were great.
The downside of using the D3100 specifically is a complete lack of manual controls. During some situations it would create a oddly bright video, washing out the actor. And the digital screen on the camera shows the colors to be much more accurate than they actually are when you import the footage into editing system. Everything was exceptionally orange, which forced an intense amount of color correction.
The end quality is hit and miss, but passable. It taught me that using a DSLR to shoot videos such as these is a great idea. I just need to shoot with a much better camera, like the Canon 5D or 7D.