"When I choose a camera, it's about finding a balance between what will give me the highest quality image and have the least impact on the scene I'm trying to capture," says Director of Photography Greg Harriott, whose Canon-shot film Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project won a 2023 Sundance Film Festival award. "Everyone wants the most flexibility in post and all the options, but the truth is that if you shoot documentaries, you can't lug around a massive camera with all their power requirements."
For Greg, his camera of choice was the Canon EOS C300 Mark II (now succeeded by the Canon EOS C300 Mark III). It was his workhorse over the five-year production that became Going to Mars, a documentary about the celebrated American poet Nikki Giovanni that won the US Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary category at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The EOS C300 Mark II was also the camera of choice for DoP Tyler Graim, who spent four years filming Bad Press, which won the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Freedom of Expression at Sundance 2023.
In fact, a whole host of Canon kit, from Cinema EOS cameras to EOS R System bodies to Canon lenses, have been used to create many award-winning and nominated documentaries in the 2023 film awards season. The Canon EOS C500 Mark II featured in the kitbags of many cinematographers including Ben Bernhard, who shot All That Breathes on this camera, while Evgenia Arbugaeva filmed Haulout with a Canon EOS R5 and Canon RF lenses.