When Italian production company Pesci Combattenti was tasked with launching a fresh current affairs programme for leading channel RAI1 last summer, CEO and art director Riccardo Mastropietro immediately started thinking about which lenses would work best with their trusted Canon Cinema EOS Cameras to bring the stories to life. Sette Storie (Seven Stories) would place a unique demand on its cameras and crew, as the teaser interviews would be conducted while journalist Monica Maggioni and her interviewees walked through city streets.
The weekly broadcast, inspired by the French programme Conversation Secrète, explores the pressing issues of the day. Studio interviews are preceded by the host and interviewee meeting for the first time on the street, shot with hidden cameras, to create a feeling of eavesdropping on a private conversation.
"There were a number of difficulties to overcome, such as how to shoot, in a single take of around an hour, a walking interview almost one kilometre long," says Riccardo. "It was necessary to have high quality, cinematic lenses with an extensive focal range, but at the same time something that was easy to pass on in a relay race among the camera operators."
Riccardo and his team specialise in factual docuseries and documentaries. They say that filming huge names around Italy – from former Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the streets of Rome to pop star Mika by Florence's iconic Ponte Vecchio – has been a true challenge but a "great adventure".
Turning to Canon's Compact Cine Servo range, the crew teamed their Canon EOS C300 Mark II cameras with CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS lenses and Canon Extender EF 2xs (now succeeded by the Canon Extender EF 2x III) to achieve a high-quality aesthetic with great versatility and speed of use in the field.