HOUSE shot with Canon 5D DSLR
The season finale of [H]ouse is airing Monday, May 17th on FOX at 8pm titled, "Help Me". It was directed by Greg Yaitanes (Children of Dune, Bones, House).
It was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, a still camera that shoots stunning HD motion footage. This camera was also used extensively on the SyFy series Caprica.
According to Greg, "it has a sensor the same size as the Vistavision 35mm horizontal format... 8 perf full frame... but given the fast Canon lenses available , (50mm T1.0, 85mm T1.2 for example)... creates of the look of 'big cinema' 70mm film which gave us a very shallow depth of field."
Here is an interview with Greg about the episode.
Initially the camera could only shoot 30 or 25 fps, which made it a nightmare for post. I'm not sure if it was a firmware upgrade, but we were able to get 24 fps on Caprica. It has a 21 megapixel sensor, and is incredibly sensitive to light. Finally, it is able to shoot 30 minutes of 1080p, and can use a wireless transmission device for storage.