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.

Shot on EPIC DRAGON: 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 EPIC DRAGON: 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 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.