Over the summer (outside of school), I did short series of tests that ended up turning into a short film. All the shots were taken from my point of view, hence the film's title "POV." The subject matter is rather elementary, but this was a test for me to see if I could pull something like this off and make it look decent.
So with a Canon 5D and belt in hand, i set to work. I tightened the neck strap so that the camera was pressed up against my neck. I then proceeded to use the belt to attach the camera grip to the bottom of my face. The camera sat a bit lower than eye level, but honestly it had the same effect. The great thing about these HDSLRs is their small size and weight. With the addition of a wide-angle lens, in this case a Canon 16-35mm, I was able to shoot extremely wide.
I started out by just trying out some everyday activities with the camera: waking up, brushing teeth, pouring cereal etc. I dumped the footage onto my computer to check it out. The footage was awesome, and was exactly what I was going for. The gears began spinning and I figured I could turn this concept into a short film. Twenty-four hours later I had a finished piece!
I often get asked if I have any pictures of the rig on my head. The answer is no. I cannot even begin to imagine how ridiculous I looked walking around and driving with the rig on. People probably thought I was trying to commit suicide via camera straps and belts. Whatever works for ya right? If I ever decide to tackle this style of film again (which I intend to do), I will figure out a better method of attaching the camera to my face.
Without further adieu, here's my short experiment turned short film...