This was one of the most amazing, rewarding series I had the opportunity to shoot during my time with vice media. we partnered with the innocence project to examine different stories of people convicted for crimes they didn't commit. All of these cases were extreme, in which the innocent person served massive amounts of prison time before they were finally exonerated. A lot of them were exonerated through DNA evidence, but this wasn't always the case.
Iin order to capture these pieces, I wanted to keep our methods light and small, fast and low impact. We were dealing with people that have had some mediation but mostly have been ignored by society a large. I liked it to shoot on the Canon C300 mark 2 for my main camera using Canon l-series lenses and the Canon 17 to 55 APS zoom lens. I like to use stabilized still photo zoom lenses for a lot of documentary work. What you lose in cinematic quality as compared to a cinema prime you gain in stability, lightness, and control.as they are smaller, the still photo lenses also have less of an impact on subjects who are not mediatraned. I also wanted to be able to capture these stories with the least amount of fuss. Little to zero camera set up time, little to zero lighting. To do this we rated the cameras at 1600 ISO, double the native ISO. this gave us more latitude when we were moving into darker spaces while bringing up some of the digital noise inherent the sensor.it was important to embrace that noise as these stories warrant a certain amount of grain or noise.