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.

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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.



Shot on EPIC M-X: Sherlock Holmes Sucks at Deduction

Sketch for The Pete Holmes Show on TBS. Directed by Oren Brimer. Shot by DP and 3GR Featured Filmmaker Elie Smolkin on RED Epic.

Shot on EPIC M-X: ENTERTAIN_bot Camera Test

Shot by 3GR Featured Filmmaker Elie Smolkin on RED Epic + Angenieux Optimo DP Rouge 16-42mm Zoom. Motion Controlled via General Lift’s Genuflex Mk III. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson.

From Todd:

I have always wanted to shoot dance numbers in a hyper cinematic way. Doing what Busby Berkeley would do if he were alive today. Having the camera dance with the dancers using modern technology. I shot this test as a proof of concept.

Shot on EPIC M-X: “Stand Up Guys”

We wrapped a few hours early on Sunday after completing director Micah Levin and DP Elie Smolkin‘s “Xploderz” commercial (shot on 3GR’s Epic w/ Angenieux Optimos, more on this to come in a later blog). The crew headed over to Racer’s Edge, where we spotted Al Pacino attending a children’s birthday party. Apparently he’s as much a fan of indoor g0-karting as we are. Fantastic.

Speaking of Mr. Pacino, he stars alongside Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken in the new film Stand Up Guys. The movie was shot by DP Michael Grady on RED Epic.
“The Epic has so many strengths . . . size, versatility in modes of operation, simplicity,” says Grady. “But to me it’s in the final color correction where the camera truly shines. The images’ range and flexibility in the DI suite is where you see how strong and detailed the pictures really are. If you can generate a good image in production, then you can stretch and manipulate it as much or more than you ever could with any other image acquisition system.”
The film opens in wide-release this Friday, February 1st.

Shot on RED ONE M-X: “The Sleepover” Vimeo Staff Pick

Chris Cullari’s horror short The Sleepover is now available to view on online. A few weeks ago is was selected as a “Vimeo Staff Pick”. Congrats to Chris and the team! Shot by DP Elie Smolkin on RED M-X + RED Pro Primes. Watch the short film below, enjoy! More about Cullari’s festival run here and some Sleepover behind the scenes + grabs here.