Shot on RED DRAGON: Mindhunter

Last year, it was revealed director David Fincher was creating a new crime series for Netflix. The series was  to be shot on his one of a kind camera, RED Xenomorph. RED Digital Cinema built this fully integrated camera specifically for Fincher.

And now we get to see the outcome as Netflix released a teaser for ‘Mindhunter’ last week.

Take a look:

Also, the otherworldly Xenomorph:

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New Gear: RED WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35 Available for Rent

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RED WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35 camera packages are available for immediate rental at 3GR Los Angeles. Shoot 8K at up to 75 frames per second. Rent RED WEAPON HELIUM 8K, request a rental quote now.

From RED:

WEAPON now comes with the option of a HELIUM 8K S35 sensor. Capable of shooting motion and stills in 8K 2.4:1 at up to 75 frames per second (fps), or 8K Full Format at 60 fps—WEAPON 8K S35 delivers unrivaled performance.

SENSOR TYPE: HELIUM 35.4 Megapixel CMOS

PIXELS: 8192 × 4320

DYNAMIC RANGE: 16.5+ stops

FRAME RATES:
60 fps at 8K Full Format (8192 × 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 × 3456)
60 fps at 7K Full Format (7168 × 3780), 75 fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 × 3024)
75 fps at 6K Full Format (6144 × 3240), 100 fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 × 2592)
96 fps at 5K Full Format (5120 × 2700), 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 × 2160)
120 fps at 4K Full Format (4096 × 2160), 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 × 1728)
150 fps at 3K Full Format (3072 × 1620), 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 × 1296)
240 fps at 2K Full Format (2048 × 1080), 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 × 864)

REDCODE / COMPRESSION:
5:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 × 4320) at 24 fps
12:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 × 4320) at 60 fps
2:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 × 2160) at 24 fps
3:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 × 2160) at 60 fps

APPLE PRORES:
422 HQ, 422 and 422 LT at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 29.97 fps
4444 XQ and 4444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps
422 HQ, 422 and 422 LT at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps

AVID CODECS:
DNxHR HQX at 4K (4096 × 2160) 12-bit up to 29.97 fps
DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB at 4K (4096 × 2160) 8-bit up to 29.97 fps
DNxHR 444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) 12-bit up to 120 fps
DNxHD 444 and HQX (1920 × 1080) 10-bit up to 120 fps
DNxHD HQ, SQ and LB (1920 × 1080) 8-bit up to 120 fps

CONSTRUCTION: Carbon Fiber, Magnesium, and Aluminum Alloy

WEIGHT: 3.3 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)

New Gear: RED WEAPON DRAGON 6K Available for Rent

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RED WEAPON WOVEN CARBON FIBER 6K packages are now available for rental at 3GR.

RED WEAPON CF Tech Spec Highlights:
Shoot 6K 2.4:1 at up to 100 Frames Per Second.
— RED DRAGON Sensor w/ 16.5+ Stops of Dynamic Range.
3.3 lbs Lightweight Carbon Fiber Body
— Record Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD simultaneously with REDRAW
3D LUT Support

Build a package and rent RED WEAPON now.

Shot on EPIC DRAGON: Mr. Robot

With the Emmys coming up this week, it’s high time to binge-watch those series you’ve been meaning to watch all year. If you haven’t caught Mr. Robot yet, it should definitely make your short list.

Shot on RED EPIC DRAGON with Cooke S5/i and Leica Summicron-C primes, the show tackles the challenging story subject of hacking, computers, and all manner of things that are pretty tough to shoot in an interesting way.

To toss in one more obstacle: much of the show relies on voiceover and internal monologues to tell the story. DPs Tod Campbell and Tim Ives rose to this challenge, setting and maintaining a dynamic look and feel that brings the high-stakes of the invisible to the screen.

 

 

It may have been this challenge that inspired creator Sam Esmail to put so much weight, import and attention to detail on the series’ look. I love this conversation between Campbell and Esmail from this great Vulture piece:

“In my phone interview with him for the job, he was like, ‘I want to do a lot of negative space. I really want to change this up,’” Campbell says. “I’d never met him before, and I was like, ‘I’m so sick and tired of directors coming in on episodes I’m shooting like, “Oh, I want it to look like House of Cards! I want it to look like blah blah blah!” Sam, we need to become the reference point everybody uses from now on. I want everybody to say, “I want it to look like Mr. Robot.”‘ He was like, ‘Oh shit, dude — you got the job.’”

Campbell even tailored his lens choice specifically for actor & star Rami Malek’s distinctive eyes and dreamy captivating face:

“We use Cooke S5s, which are more round than other lenses,” he says. “They really accentuate curves, and they help sculpt the face a little more. I chose those lenses because Rami’s eyes are so big, and so are a lot of the other characters’. Rami, Carly (Chaikin, Elliot’s fellow hacker Darlene), Portia (Doubleday, his co-worker and friend Angela) — all of the people we love have these big, giant, bulbous eyes. The one person who doesn’t is Tyrell (Wellick, the sinister young executive played by Martin Wallström); he’s got these deep-seated eyes. I asked Sam, ‘Did you do that on purpose?’ and he never really answered me.”*

 

 

The RED EPIC DRAGON does some heavy lifting throughout the series as well. Campbell often mixes strong color choices, available light, impractical practicals and just plain darkness to accompany the strikingly deliberate framing choices.

 

 

So put those tootsies up and settle in for a good binge sesh for this series boasting 6 Emmy noms this year.

Mr. Robot is streaming on USA’s site for subscribers, Season 1 streams free for Amazon Prime members and Season 2 is available for purchase streaming on Amazon as well.

Like that look? 3GR has the RED EPIC DRAGON available for rent, as well the new RED WEAPON DRAGON, Leica Summicron-C primes, a variety of Cooke lenses and lots more. Check out our current Rate Sheet or Build a Package on our site.

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Shot on EPIC 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.