Melville, NY—Canon USA announced that Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens chose Canon EOS Cinema cameras and lenses to film their documentary, Before the Flood. These included the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II camera.
The film was directed by Stevens and produced by DiCaprio. It presents an account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change. It also highlights the actions individuals and society can take to help prevent catastrophic disruption on the planet.
Before the Flood premiered on the National Geographic channel on October 30, 2016 in 171 countries and 45 languages. Coinciding with the television premiere, the documentary was also released commercial free on digital and streaming platforms. These include NatGeoTV.com and Nat Geo TV Apps.
The two filmmakers, known for their environmentally themed documentaries, joined forces for Before the Flood’s two-year production. The film follows UN Messenger of Peace DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic. He speaks with scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of the complex issue of climate change. And he investigates concrete solutions to this pressing environmental challenge.
“Canon is honored to have been selected as the camera and lenses of choice in the creation of this documentary,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon USA, Inc. “Viewers will see, with the clarity of the imagery produced with Cinema EOS products, a compelling picture of the current environmental conditions around the world.”
To capture the visuals of the documentary, cinematographer Antonio Rossi relied on a mix of Canon EOS Digital Cinema cameras. He began production with the EOS C500 and EOS-1D C models, the latter often rigged to a handheld camera stabilizer. They shot portions of the documentary in RAW 4K using the EOS C500 camera in conjunction with an external recorder.
EOS C300 Mark II
When the EOS C300 Mark II was introduced, the production team adopted it as their new “A” camera. “The switch to the C300 Mark II camera was seamless and easy. And we were happy to have onboard 4K recording as well as extended color gamut options,” Rossi said.
Before the Flood mixes interviews with influential world leaders with chilling footage from locations impacted by the changing global climate. Rossi and his team traveled north of the Arctic Circle to Greenland and to Canada’s Baffin Island to show rapid ice melts. They also went to Sumatra to capture some palm oil farmers burning rain forest habitat, among other shooting locations.
Rossi primarily outfitted his cameras with the Canon CN-E 30–105mm T2.8 compact zoom lens and the CN-E 17–120mm T2.95–3.9 CINE-SERVO lens. cinemaeos.usa.canon.com