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.

Shot on EPIC 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 EPIC DRAGON: 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 ago on January 8th, his 69th birthday.

I’m really sad, and I bet you are too, dear reader. Let’s just take a moment to remember his unparalleled talent, creativity and weirdness.

A dark and delirious 10-minute video for ★’s title track preceded the album’s release last November. It’s particularly moving to watch today. Noisey published a great interview with directorJohan Renck about working with Bowie.

 

The video for Lazarus, another ★ track, came out last week on January 7th. If you’d like to cry some more, here it is.Shot by co-DPs Darren Lew and Crille Forsberg. Some have called it Bowie’s goodbye.

Back in 2013, we posted The Stars (are out tonight), a video he did with Tilda Swinton, shot on RED by Jeff Cronenweth. Here it is again.

 

…as was this one for The Next Day with Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard

Oh Ziggy, oh you sprinkle of Stardust, you White Duke, you ★, you Hero, you Heathen! You greatest man ever to fall to earth. You will be missed. Thanks for everything. Love you forever and all time. I hope you create a new afterlife and we can all come hang out and dance with you.

 

In closing, I must sign off with my personal favorite video – a sing-along of Magic Dance from The Labyrinth, featuring Bowie as Jarreth, the androgynous and uncannily sexy Goblin King.

 

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New Gear: OConnor 2560 Ultimate Fluid Head

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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 configuration.

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A great mid-level head, the 2560 includes all the trademark OConnor features we know and love, with the benefit of the most advanced technology in lightweight materials and compact engineering available. Just like its larger counterpart, the 2575, the 2560 boasts sinusoidal counterbalance, fluid drag, and the ergonomic design for ease of use that all feel familiar and intuitive.

OConnor 60L Tripod: Light weight – Heavy Capacity

When the 2560 is paired with our oconnor_c1255_0011_60l_carbon_fiber_tripod_925472new OConnor 60L carbon fiber tripod, your complete support weighs about 25 pounds total. The 60L, at about 9 pounds, is ideal for quick adjustments and re-positioning. The double extension design provides a maximum height of about 60 inches while still safely supporting a payload of up to 209 pounds.

A quick clamping system, mid-level spreader and 150mm bowl allow for quick and stable leveling and operation. Its rubber feet are removable, revealing spikes for secure use on any terrain.vitec-c1260-0001 The tripod packs down to about 30 inches for easy travel as well.

Our 2560 is available with a 150mm ball head, compatible with our 60L, or can be fitted with a Mitchell base if necessary to suit your needs.

New Gear at 3GR: Rent the Oconnor 2560 Ultimate Fluid Head and Oconnor 60L carbon fiber tripod from our shop.