Premiering at the 2017 Austin Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Short, Demon tells the story of a desperate man emerging from the night where he encounters a solitary shack in the middle of the desert. It is in this night setting where he discovers a dark secret that the property owner possesses. Cinematographer Drew Dawson shot the supernatural drama/thriller, directed by Caleb Slain just outside Joshua Tree National Park. The Demon script had the setting as a desert landscape with a full moon. According to Dawson, the goal was to capture the entire film with moonlight, practicals, and minimal film lights
Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera
Director of photography Bobby Bukowski (When We Rise, Weeds, The Messenger, Arlington Road) has completed production of the upcoming Netflix series Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup. Bukowski shot the 10-episode dramatic series with Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera recorders. “The greatest gift of the VariCam is the impetus to drop old habits, reinvent techniques and redefine who you are as an artist,” said Bukowski. “It’s wonderful and exciting to look at your craft through a different prism.
The upcoming dramatic series Containment, slated for a mid-season premiere on the CW Television Network, follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives. The series was shot by co-directors of photography William Wages ASC and John Smith with four VariCam 35 4K camera/recorders.
Once in a Lifetime tells the story of two aspiring New Jersey rockers (the real-life band Clayton-Ellis), who move to New York and by chance meet a legendary 1980s rock icon, who they want as their manager and potential ticket to success. Written by Iron Maiden’s groundbreaking bass player and songwriter, Stephen Harris, the pilot for the series was shot in New York City over the course of eight days in November. Dejan Georgevich, ASC, served as director of photography. He shot with two Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera recorders. “During pre-production, I and our digital imaging technician Dave Satin ran demos on the VariCam 35 that included literal candle tests in pitch darkness,” he said.
Warm Springs Productions of Missoula, Montana, currently producing more than 75 hours of programming on various television networks, has just begun shooting the second season of the Fox News Channel docudrama series, Legends and Lies, with a pair of Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera/recorders.