The 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes unleashed a cross-species thriller and, on July 11, the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves and shot by cinematographer Michael Seresin will debut in U.S. theatres. Although most 3D movies currently are shot in 2D and converted to 3D in post-production, this movie was shot in native 3D. Seresin, who also shot a significant portion of Gravity, faced his first experience shooting native 3D. Although he doesn’t consider himself a “technical cinematographer,” Seresin felt confident. “Lighting, composition, and camera moves is what I like,” he says.
When cinematographer Colt Seman and colleagues, Dylan Trussell and David Dinetz of Culprit Creative were charged with creating the music video for Korn’s Spike in My Veins, they decided to go beyond the expected. For the edgy video, they deployed the new Bolt Cinebot high speed robotic camera arm, the 1000fps, high-definition Phantom Miro camera; and Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III prime lenses.
Advanced Systems Group provided camera and editing equipment for The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a new documentary released by Zeitgeist Films that is being screened in U.S. theaters through June.
Codex introduced the Action Cam earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. The camera delivers high-definition shooting, capture, transcoding and data management for situations that require a compact form factor and low weight. It comprises a tiny camera head and a Codex Camera Control Recorder that delivers full remote control of the camera, plus the proven workflow of Codex.
At the National Association of Broadcasters show earlier this month in Las Vegas Blackmagic Design introduced Blackmagic Ursa, a high-end digital film camera the company says is “designed to revolutionize workflow on set.” Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, Ursa has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor and internal dual Raw and Apple ProRes recorders.
Arri showcased its new Amira camera at the National Association of Broadcasters show earlier this month in Las Vegas. A versatile documentary-style camera that combines exceptional image quality and affordable CFast 2.0 workflows, the Amira has an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag, Amira is hardy enough to take anywhere and features in-camera grading with preloaded looks based on 3D LUTs, as well as 200 fps slow motion.
In what was arguably the hit of the event, AJA Video Systems unveiled the Cion camera at the National Association of Broadcasters show earlier this month in Las Vegas. The totally new camera features an ergonomic design and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. AJA pioneered lens-to-post Apple ProRes workflows with the introduction of the Ki Pro product line in 2009 and Cion builds on this achievement by offering in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs - including 12-bit 444 - for pristine image capture.
Sony has added the a7S to its line of full-frame interchangeable lens DSLR cameras. The announcement came during last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.
At last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas Sony announced that it is adding Apple ProRes on-board recording as a future hardware upgrade option for its F5 and F55 CineAlta 4K cameras.
Sony and the American Film Institute co-hosted an exclusive event at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters Show last week and premiered three short films shot with Sony’s F65 and F55 4K cameras.