Oscars 2019 Nominated Feature Documentaries Shot Using Canon Cameras

The 2019 Academy Awards have officially wrapped up and all the winners have been announced. “Free Solo” took the award for Best Documentary Feature. Want to shoot like an Oscar-nominated film? Well, all five of the Oscar-nominated Documentary features were shot using Canon cameras and lenses.

Oscars 2019 Documentaries

We’ve listed the Canon equipment that the films were shot with and where you can watch these Oscar-nominated documentaries.

“Free Solo” 

Cinematographers: Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, Mikey Schaefer

Shot using: Canon C300 Mark II, Canon 1D X Mark II, Canon Cinema Primes, Canon 50-1000mm Cine-Servos

Film Synopsis 

Renowned free solo climber Alex Honnold has long desired to attempt El Capitan, the 3,000-foot granite rock in Yosemite National Park. Although he wants to begin, Honnold is suddenly plagued by injuries and his friends and family worry for his safety. Nothing can stop him, however, and Honnold becomes the only athlete to make the treacherous ascent without ropes.

Where to watch: “Free Solo” will be having its Network Premiere on National Geographic on March 3 at 8/7c. You can find it in select theatres here.

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” 

Cinematographer: RaMell Ross

Shot using: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Film Synopsis

The dreams and everyday experiences of friends Daniel and Quincy, and also those of Boosie, the mother of Quincy’s children, are depicted as they go about their lives in Hale County, Alabama. Also explored is the idea of how the Southern African-American experience can be depicted on film.

Where to watch: You can rent or buy on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and Apple.

“Minding the Gap”

Cinematographer: Bing Liu

Shot using: Canon 5D (no indication which mark), Canon EF 16-35mm lens

Film Synopsis

As he films his fellow skateboarders over the years, Bing Liu wonders why so many of them have experienced contentious relationships with their fathers. As he focuses on friends Zack, who is about to become a father himself, and Keire, who is grappling with his racial identity, Liu realizes that he must resolve his feelings about his own abusive childhood.

Where to watch: You can watch with a Hulu Subscription or on PBS. of f

“Of Fathers and Sons”

Cinematographer: Kahtan Hassoun

Shot using: Canon EOS C300

Film Synopsis

Documentarian Talal Derki returns to his native Syria and gains the trust of Abu Osama, a founder of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front. Believing in an Islamic caliphate, Abu Osama indoctrinates his sons in his beliefs, sending the oldest two, Osama and Ayman, to a military training camp. The brothers have differing reactions to their training, however, with Ayman longing to return to school.

Where to watch: You can stream on Kanopy and rent or buy on Amazon, Apple, Fandango Now and Vudu.


Cinematographer: Claudia Raschke

Shot using: Canon C300 Mark II, Canon EF Zoom 16-35mm, Canon EF 24-70mm T2.8, Canon 70-200mm, Canon 400mm Prime lens

Octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in 1993, had spent her prior legal career battling laws that allowed gender discrimination. Supported by her devoted husband, a fellow lawyer, and their two children, Ginsburg becomes renowned for her tireless work ethic, liberal outlook and keen intellect.

Where to watch: You can stream with a Hulu or Hoopla subscription. You can rent or buy on Amazon, Fandango Now, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play and Apple.

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