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 a very familiar hero:

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This time around the X-Men are up against the immortal Apocalypse (played by an unrecognizable Oscar Isaac). Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization and awakening after thousands of years, Apocalypse recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence in usual badass mode) leads the team of good-guy mutant warriors to save a captured Professor X and stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind. 

 

 

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Yes, yes we can! X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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 build up on the station. (that’s a NASA product development + camera assistant joke right there. I apologize…)

To watch the below videos in all their 4K glory, you’ll have to open them in a new window – and have a 4K+ display of course. Run to your nearest Apple Store if you don’t have one at home. Can’t get much better for an ultra high def example on their showroom floor.

 

Most elaborate Red build ever?

 

 

NASA has also made a number of downloadable “ultra high def” videos available under a Public Domain license on archive.org, so you can even use them in your own space movies. Thanks NASA!

 

 

As you might imagine, it takes a hot second to beam this stuff down from space. But it will soon be possible to determine when it will be in a certain location, for those interested in staging the most epic flash-mob event… on earth at least.

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 in a standard Arri style 4 x 5.65 MB.

Paired with a studio matte box, like our Arri MB-20, it frees up space for a pola, or simply makes diopter swaps more streamlined. Want to use a diopter with a lightweight, clip-on matte box? Using a tray allows you to pop one into our LMB-25 as well.

Try it – you’ll wonder how you ever shot using diopters without it.

Ask for the tray the next time you rent a set of diopters from us here at 3GR. Click here for a quote.

Sundance 2016: Cameraperson – a film by Kirsten Johnson

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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 include work in last year’s Oscar-winning Citizenfour, The Invisible War, Asylum and Fahrenheit 9/11, and Happy Valley among others.

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From Sundance’s catalogue:

 “As a visually radical memoir, Cameraperson draws on the remarkable footage that Johnson has shot and reframes it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her. What emerges is an elegant meditation on the relationship between truth and the camera frame, as Johnson transforms scenes that have been presented on Festival screens as one kind of truth into another kind of story—one about personal journey, craft, and direct human connection.”

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I first read about Johnson in The Art of the Documentary, where I learned that she is an American who up and moved to Senegal to learn French and shoot things, subsequently moving to France and attending La Femis, the French National Film School, earning a degree in Cinematography. Oh, and then shot Derrida, which is a whole other level of nerd-cool.

She then went on to make and collaborate on dozens of award-winning independent docs and narrative projects that win Oscars and prizes at Sundance and generally make the rest of us feel like we do nothing with our lives.

Also, she’s a woman, (what?!) which is extra-cool knowing that she’s been crushing since the women:men ratio behind the camera was even more extreme than it is today.

To Kirsten Johnson, Kudos! And to you, dear readers, check out Cameraperson, either at Sundance or later this year in a theater near you.

And if you do, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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 campy B-movie horror flicks. Shot on 3GRs Red Epic Dragon using our Angenieux zooms and Cooke s4s.

Like the look? Feel free to request a quote if you’re interested in renting this gear.

A modern-day group of friends enter the world of a 70’s B horror movie – and try to get out alive. The plot largely supports the jokes, but also delivers some legitimate edge-of-your-seat thrills and a solid hero(ine) story. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) delivers a stellar performance as Max Cartwright, a shy teenager pulled into this surreal adventure that ends up a lot more personal than anyone could have imagined.

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Spanning horror, comedy, period, spoof, thriller and drama, The Final Girls allowed Strauss-Shulson and Smolkin to borrow from a number of aesthetic genres. Check out the killer article on their motion-control sequence in Popular Mechanics!

The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine and Angela Trimbur. It was released in the US on October 9th, 2015.

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Want to read more? There’s a great conversation about shooting the movie with cinematographer Elie Smolkin on Five Frames.

And Strauss-Schulson discusses his inspiration and influences for much of the aesthetic on Slash Film.

 

 

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. […]

Shot on WEAPON: Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”

  Without getting too carried away… here’s another Chris Probst / Peter Khan “Film” shot on Weapon. The drama. The giraffes. The zebra herd from above. The male love interest lip syncing to  Swift’s plaintive crooning. The colonialist-era hollywood glamour (um…?) The romantic flight above the stampede. The glitter and pain of the meta-film premiere. […]

Shot on Red: “Ferrell Takes The Field” – Premieres tonight on HBO

Tonight! Get ready to settle in with a bag of peanuts and a hot dog to watch the premiere of HBO’s “Ferrel Takes The Field,” tonight at 10/9c – that’s 7pm for us here on the west coast. The HBO special was shot by our very own Adam Bricker on 3GR’s Red Dragon and an […]

New Gear: OConnor 2560 Ultimate Fluid Head

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added an OConnor 2560 to our rental inventory. The newest fluid head from Oconnor, the 2560 weighs in at only 16.2 pounds, almost 7 pounds lighter than the 2065, while maintaining a similar payload. It’s well suited, safe and stable to a “maxed-out” Red Dragon or Scarlet in studio […]

Shot on WEAPON: Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”

  Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” took home the award for “Video of the Year” at the VMAs last night. The video also won for “Best Collaboration,” a nod to the unlikely and entertaining pairing of Swift and Kendrick Lamar. The two are joined by a long list of lady celebs who wield some impressive weaponry […]

In Production: Storaro to shoot Woody Allen’s Next Film

Vittorio Storaro is the latest addition to an impressive list of prestigious DPs Woody Allen has teamed up with throughout his career. Shooting begins this month in Los Angeles and New York on the 1930’s period piece, set to premiere in 2016. Gordon Willis, Sven Nykvist, Harry Savides, Vilmos Zsigmond and Darius Khondji have each […]

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