Shot on DRAGON: “Stranger Things” on Netflix

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Stranger Things, an 8-part original series, is now streaming on Netflix. Shot on RED EPIC DRAGON and Leica Primes by cinematographers Tim Ives and Tod Campbell, both of Mr. Robot fame.

DP Shane Hurlbut, ASC interview w/ RedShark

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Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC shared his thoughts on RED WEAPON and resolutions higher than 4K.

From RedShark:

On Resolution:
The quality of these digital sensors provide much more than a technical advantage, but an artistic advantage as well.  From a technical side, sure, we can “future proof” the quality by mastering in 4K UHD and releasing in 1080p today only to re-release our films in 4K UHD years later without having to scale the resolution where we lose quality over the image.  I point out the artistic advantage because I’m able to light scenes with less light, using more natural sources if I need to, but at the same time, with the RED Weapon, I am able to light as if I am shooting film.  There are very similar ratios to my lighting style and being able to bring that to life allows me to paint the picture in more ways than every before.

Most of the time, I’m shooting in 5K to stay within the Super 35 sensor, which is what is most common these days.  Having the ability to go to 6K if we need to quickly get a little wider or if we want to stabilize in post-production has become a huge advantage.  In some projects, we’re starting to bring in a lot more VFX, so having the added resolution makes a big difference with our VFX team, giving them a larger canvas to work with.

On RED:
The color space is what I love.  The RED sensor has such a soft and beautiful feel.  The skin tones are just incredible. RED really knocked it out of the park with this camera.  My images come alive, bringing the characters to life. It lets me feel like the camera is a character, which I feel was missing for a long time in the digital world.

Read the entire interview here on RedShark.

New Gear: RED MINI-MAG 512GB + 1TB

Our first shipment of RED MINI-MAG 512GB and RED MINI-MAG 1TB arrived today. Available to rent immediately.

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From RED:

The RED MINI-MAG® is the smallest, fastest, and most powerful media option available. Compared to their predecessor, the REDMAG® 1.8”, RED MINI-MAGs have faster read/write speeds to support higher frame rates and resolutions with minimal compression.

RED MINIMAG data transfer speeds are up to 50% faster on WEAPON, compared to their speeds on EPICDRAGON. Capable of supporting simultaneous R3D and Apple ProRes recording on DSMC2™ camera systems—RED MINI-MAGs offer the ideal media solution—whatever your workflow might be.

Manufactured from robust aluminum, RED MINI-MAGs offer rugged reliability in a compact form factor. Available in multiple capacities, standard grey models provide maximum read/write speeds up to 225 MB/s—while the turbo-charged red models can achieve up to 300 MB/s for even lower REDCODE® compression.

Shot on RED: Chef’s Table Season 2

Chef’s Table – Season 2

The James Beard Award-winning Netflix original is back for round two, traveling the world to meet more of the world’s most captivating chefs and tell their stories. The series is shot by DPs Will Basanta and our very own Featured Filmmaker, Adam Bricker, using our Red Epic Dragon cameras with Leica Summicron and Summilux primes.

This season includes Brazil’s Alex Atala, Slovenia’s Ana Ros, San Francisco’s Dominique Crenn, Mexico’s Enrique Olvera, Thailand’s Gaggan Anand, and Chicago’s Grant Achatz.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the first season, definitely check it out!

 

More to Come

Later this year, Netflix will release four special episodes featuring the world’s most renowned French chefs. Watch this space for release date and inevitably gorgeous trailer whenever that drops.

Early 2017 will bring yet another set of 6 chefs from around the world to your screen.

 

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Shot on RED: The Infiltrator

Starring Bryan Cranston, The Infiltrator taps into the zeitgeisty Colombian drug cartel of the mid 1980’s. Cranston plays an undercover agent embroiled in your classic web of spies and lies. It looks like a good time.

I’m looking forward to its release on July 13th of this year. I’m sure I will be back here to rant and or rave, so watch this space!

DP Joshua Reis used not one but five RED Cameras to bring this story to life.

Check out this trailer. I’m personally really into the texture even some of these shots deliver.

 

 

 

Shot on DRAGON: X-Men Apocalypse

20th Century Fox released the final trailer for the upcoming superhero blockbuster, X-Men: Apocalypse. Directed by Bryan Singer and shot in 3D on RED EPIC DRAGON by cinematographer, and longtime Singer collaborator, Newman Thomas Sigel. The trailer features new scenes and epic battles, including a comic book inspired duel between Cyclops and Storm, while also teasing us with a glimspe of […]

Shot on Red… FROM OUTER SPACE!

  That’s right – the International Space Station (ISS) has released some very cool space-videos shot on the Red Epic Dragon. That’s a camera we have here at 3GR you guys!! I’m pretty sure this means we can officially say that Astronauts choose Red? I wonder if they use a lot of velcro on their […]

New Gear: Diopter Tray

  This is one of those little things that can have a big impact on the flow of your shoot. Introducing: our new diopter tray from Cinema Hardware, now available for rent from 3GR. Machined from solid aluminum with stainless steel hardware, the tray fits 138mm diopters up to +2, using the width of 2 standard filter trays […]

Sundance 2016: Cameraperson – a film by Kirsten Johnson

Headed to Sundance this year? Make sure to check out Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON. It’s screening once a day from the 26th through the 29th, and as I type, there is only one screening left with non-waitlist tickets available. GIT IT! This film is a doc about shooting docs. As a cameraperson. Some of her credits […]

Shot on RED EPIC: The Final Girls – Screening in Los Angeles

The NUART theater is hosting a special midnight screening of  The Final Girls this Friday, January 15th at 11:59 PM. We hope you get a chance to check it out, and welcome your thoughts in our comments section below. Shot by featured filmmaker Elie Smolkin and directed by Todd Strauss-Shulson, The Final Girls plays with visual and storytelling tropes of […]

RIP David Bowie ★<3★<3★<3

David Bowie, my favorite human and yours, passed away today after an 18 month battle with cancer. Not only did he keep his illness under wraps, but he pretty much gave his cancer a big F-you by using his final months to record his 25th studio album, ★ (black star). The album was released just a few days […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to shoot on RED 8K WEAPON

Red and Marvel Studio announced today that the second installment of the successful Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will be the first feature film shot on the new 8K Vista Vision WEAPON. From RED’s Press Release: ” WEAPON 8K captures 8K at 75 frames per second (fps), 6K at 100 fps, or 4K at 150 fps with […]

Shot on RED WEAPON: a dragon on fire.

For your entertainment on this fine Saturday: a Red DRAGON on fire at 72fps in 6K Aside from being generally awesome, the video shows the durability of a newly developed rehoused Canon 24mm F/2.8. The lens comes with your choice of aluminum or titanium back, and happens to be bulletproof – and, as it turns out, flame retardant! You know, […]

New Gear: Leica Summicron-C Lenses

  Announcing our new Leica Summicron-C series lenses   Yet another addition to our light-weight, high-quality gear, our the Leica Summicron-C series, our newest set of primes, boasts the fantastic optical qualities you expect from Leica glass, along with some useful new attributes. The Specs 3GR now offiers the 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm lenses for rental. The […]

Shot on EPIC: The Final Girls

Shot by featured filmmaker Elie Smolkin, The Final Girls takes an updated meta-look at the horror genre. Director Todd Strauss-Shulson nails a laundry list of cheesy horror flick tropes in a fun, thoughtful comedy. A modern-day group of friends enter the world of a 70’s B horror movie – and try to get out alive. […]

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