Eight Dalsa Origin 4K Cameras Used on Quantum Solace

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Tue, 04/29/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The newest installment in the James Bond series Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig as James Bond will feature a complex visual effects shot captured with eight Dalsa 4K Origin cameras. As with most of James Bond’s missions the details surrounding the cameras’ use must be kept top secret for the time being. However the company revealed that the technically ambitious visual effects shot featured Craig and actress Olga Kurylenko and involved simultaneously shooting with eight shutter-synchronized Dalsa Origin 4K cameras. Quantum of Solace the 22nd James Bond film and the second to star Craig is scheduled for release in October in the UK and November in the US and internationally. The decision to go with Dalsa was made by Visual Effects Designer Kevin Tod Haug. “The Dalsa Origin was the only uncompressed high-resolution low-noise camera system we could count on to do what we needed to do ” says Haug. “ The folks at Dalsa were completely supportive of all our complex needs. We could not have done this sequence without them.” Dalsa shipped all the camera packages from Los Angeles to Movietech Camera Rentals at Pinewood Studios. Working closely with Movietech the cameras were all prepped for the complex shoot. The eight Dalsa cameras recorded their data to eight Codex digital disc recorders. Then after the shoot the Codex disc packs were delivered to Sohonet in London for backup after which the RAW 4K files were delivered to Double Negative in Soho for rendering and final compositing. David Stump ASC the consulting VFX cinematographer collaborated with director of photography Roberto Schaefer ASC on the shoot. Stump says “Working with uncompressed 4K gave us the ability to mine the maximum amount of detail from the scene. The low noise floor of the Dalsa enabled us see every nuance of detail from the dark blacks of the clothing.” “We were incredibly excited to be chosen for this complex part of the movie ” says Rob Hummel president of Dalsa Digital Cinema. “It was amazing as we watched all eight cameras shooting and pouring data into the C Codex disc units. In total we recorded over 3.8 gigabytes of image data every second. After a year of fine tuning the Dalsa camera system we felt we were ready to put the camera to the test. Of course passing this particularly tough test with eight cameras synchronized together was the best outcome I could imagine.”