It was a privilege for me to meet David Stump, ASC, who came in to Hollywood Camera for a test shoot for his upcoming project. David is a member of the ASC and his credits include some amazing films. Just to mention a few, X-Men, X-Men II, Contact and my personal favorite Stand By Me.
David’s next project is a modern Western called BLS Colorado. It’s based on a popular novel from the 1940’s with the adapted screenplay for the teaser written by Joe di Gennaro. They will be shooting in remote locations in Colorado for 7 days with the intent to develop this into a feature production.
David has chosen to film BLS Colorado on the Sony CineAlta F65 with the Leica Summilux-C T1.4, ten piece prime lens set. David loves the look of the Sony F65, especially for this film where he will be shooting a lot of day exteriors and epic landscape shots. Although digital, it gives the feeling of a film based camera due to its mechanical rotary shutter. The F65 will be set on Slog3 Cine (Via RAW player software) and the 14 stops of dynamic range of the Sony Gamut will allow David to capture the maximum out of the scenery and wild life of Colorado. He also felt the glass of the Summilux-C and the sensor of the F65 was a perfect marriage. The Leica primes are lightweight because the mount and lens barrel are manufactured from high-strength titanium and with a T stop of 1.4 they are among the fastest modern lens sets available. All Leica Summilux-C lenses share a uniform length, 95mm threaded lens front, advanced distance focus scales, and similar location of focus and iris rings which allow quick interchange of lenses in a busy production environment. The use of exotic aspherical elements in each lens creates a telecentric path of light from the rear element to the sensor. Telecentricity and aspheric correction not only reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing, but also create a more even illumination across the entire field.
BLS Colorado will be directed by Joe di Gennaro, David Stump and Scott Crane. Scott will also be producing and acting in the film. They will finish with a cinemascope look, 2.35:1 and will be delivering the film in 4k. Post-production will take place on the second floor at Hollywood Camera using Bertone Visuals color grading room. Designed and developed with filmmakers needs in mind, the brand new Color Grading room features a 4K theater style projector. It allows David to have a full Digital Intermediates facility for grading and mastering all the way to the theatrical DCP.
We wish them the best of luck with the film. We can’t wait till we get some behind the scenes photos sent to us from the amazing landscape in Colorado. We’ll keep you guys posted.