Guardians of Galaxy 2 to Shoot with Red Weapon

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Wed, 01/06/2016 - 12:30 -- Nick Dager

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 first to shoot with Red Weapon 8K camera.Red Digital Cinema has announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first production shooting on Weapon outfitted with the 8K Red Dragon sensor.

“I cannot even begin to express how proud I am that Marvel and everyone involved in the production has decided to be the first to shoot on our Weapon 8K,” says Jarred Land, president of Red Digital Cinema. “Given the enormous success of the first movie, we know first-hand how critical their team was in selecting a camera for the second installment. We consider this a huge affirmation that Red’s investment in cutting edge technology continues to be justified.”

“We are all hugely excited to be shooting the next Guardians of the Galaxy on the new Weapon 8K. This is my third collaboration with Red, having previously shot with the Red Epic on Prometheus and the Epic Dragon on Tarzan,” says Nik Korda, executive producer. “The large sensor size and super high resolution offered by the new Weapon 8K, combined with its lightweight and compact size open up a whole range of new creative possibilities.”

Weapon 8K captures 8K at 75 frames per second (fps), 6K at 100 fps, or 4K at 150 fps with RedCode Raw; and its wide dynamic range produces cinema-quality images rich with natural color. Additionally, Weapon 8K features interchangeable lens mounts, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs.

“Red’s 8K Weapon is the little big camera. Perfectly counterintuitive. And perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2,” says Henry Braham, BSC, director of photography. Red also offers a sensor upgrade path from Weapon 6K to Weapon 8K without having to buy a whole new camera to get the larger sensor. Additionally, Weapon uses the DSMC2 line of accessories—compatible with both Red Raven and Scarlet-W cameras—giving shooters the option to move between camera systems without having to purchase all new gear.