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Sherman's March - what camera?



I love the look of Ross McElwee's film, Sherman's March. It's beautiful, it's warm, it's earthy, it's alive! Is it still possible to get these cameras? What are they called. Do I have to record sound separately?

Help me out!

Sam

"Get busy living or get busy dying."

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I believe it was a Bolex 16mm film camera.

Yes, you'd have to record sound separately.

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Nope. A Bolex is a wind-up camera and would not have had synchronized sound. Among others, Cinema Products manufactured a type of camera like Ross used in this film. A relic of the days when television news was shot on film like during the Vietnam War, a separate reel to reel tape recorder called a Nagra would be used to capture the sound.

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well. Okay, it could have been a bolex ( the rex4 and rex5 can hold a motor that can allow for that type of sound). However, my bet is that its an Arri. Arriflexes are light and they can do sound. So, that might be it. By the way, how freaking awesome is this movie. Also, if you like this. Check out Bill Brown's work.

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It looked like a Eclair ACL http://members.aol.com/Super16ACL/acl.jpg

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You mean the Bill D. Brown from Stroker Ace?

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No he means this Bill Brown:

BILL BROWN
Bill Brown makes movies about ghosts that masquerade as movies about
landscapes-- or maybe it's the other way around. His films include Roswell,
Hub City, Confederation Park, Buffalo Common, and Mountain State. In 2003,
the Museum of Modern Art screened a retrospective of his work as part of its
MediaScope series. These days, Brown is wondering why he's living in
Detroit.

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Ross forgets to turn the tape recorder on a couple of times, which suggests the camera didn't record sound. There's a glimpse of a microphone with a level meter on it which looks Nagra-like in at least one scene. He might have used different cameras and methods of sound recording over the years it was filmed.

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