Nearly 60 percent of the feature films from all selections at the recently wrapped Cannes film festival were shot with Arri equipment and more than 40 percent were captured with the Arri Alexa and Arri cine lenses. Overall, more than half of the festival’s films that were shot digitally used Alexa as their main camera, Arri announced today.
Cannes was also an opportunity for Arri to strengthen its links with film directors through its partnership with Director's Fortnight. Two Amira camera kits were supplied by Arri for the interviews with all directors in the selection; these interviews can be seen on the Directors Fortnight website http://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com.
This year for the first time Arri, the Producers Guild of America and the French Producers Association sponsored a drinks reception held at the French Film Commission Pavilion. It gave American and French producers the opportunity to meet each other, and to peruse current Arri products such as the Alexa Mini and Master Anamorphic lenses. By hosting this successful new event, Arri reasserted its commitment to manufacturing equipment that combines quality and economy – two particularly important issues for producers.
A highlight this year was an interview with Roger Deakins ASC, BSC, CBE on the film Sicario, which he shot with Alexa cameras and Master Prime lenses, experimenting with the Alexa Open Gate shooting mode to maximize spatial resolution. All of the video interviews will be appearing on the Arri website soon.