Shot on EPIC DRAGON: The Circle

the circle poster

Shot by DP Matthew Libatique on RED EPIC DRAGON w/ Leica Summilux-C prime lenses, The Circle stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega. The film is in theaters tonight.

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.

We’d love to hear from you! Leave your questions, comments or requests in the comments below.

Shot on EPIC DRAGON: “Stranger Things” on Netflix

Stranger Thigns Wide

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.

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.

 

chefs-table-key-art__twocolumncontent

Save

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.