Shot on WEAPON DRAGON: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 released a surprise sneak peek last week. The anticipated sequel has the distinction of being the first feature film to shoot on RED’s 8K WEAPON. Director, James Gunn, has been a huge supporter and utilizer of RED cameras. You can read more on that here. But for now enjoy the trailer:

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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 REDCODE® RAW; and its wide dynamic range produces cinema-quality images rich with natural color. Additionally, WEAPON 8K features interchangeable lens mounts, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs.

‘RED’s 8K WEAPON is the little big camera. Perfectly counterintuitive. And perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2,’ says Henry Braham, BSC, Director of Photography. “

 

8K Weapon, 4K on Screen:

Though theaters “only” have the ability to project in 4K, the 8K sensor allows for more finesse in post before outputting to exhibition resolution.

RED and Braham haven’t yet announced if the whole film will utilize the WEAPON’s 8K capabilities, or if they’ll only bring out the big guns for a few key scenes.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy film featured a few IMAX scenes, and over an hour of IMAX footage made it into Interstellar – (on film, of course. Because Nolan…) He’s generally been the director “most likely to…” really do it up on the IMAX, but as these new digital mega-sensors come into play, it should be interesting to compare looks.

However, the next two movies in the Avengers franchise are slated to shoot entirely on digital IMAX cameras. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

And a significant portion of The Revenant was shot on 6K Alexa 65, and RAW, upping the ante for ridiculously indulgent detail in the data. We’ll see what the GALAXY team will do here.

No Film School posted a great writeup about 8K technology and the benefits of shooting 8K -> 4K if you wanna get into it.

Let us know if you’ve heard any other rumors or have some tech nerdery to add to the conversation in the comments below.