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Sound Stage with ‘The Unwilling” Crew

POSTED ON August 20th  - POSTED IN DIT Tools, Info, Lenses, Motion, Photography

Cast and crew from ‘The Unwilling’ came into Hollywood Camera to film some special effects pick-up shots on our sound stage.

‘The Unwilling’ is a psychological thriller directed by Jonathan Heap, produced by Philip Morton and starring Dina Meyer, Lance Henriksen and David Lipper. If the tag line has any indication, we are in for an edge of your seat experience.

“6 family members gather for the reading of a will. Who will leave alive?”

David Stump, ASC, the cinematographer for ‘The Unwilling’, is a member of the ASC and his credits include some amazing films. Mr. Stump decided to film the principle photography in 4K with the Sony F65, F55 and FS7 and the Leica Sumillux C primes paired with Fujinon 25-300mm T3.5 and 19-90mm T2.9.

The F65 became particular useful with its 16 bit color depth and all the scenes that had to have visual effects were shot with F65 mounted on a Cinetech Capinera dolly also provided from Hollywood Camera. The Sony F55 was used as the camera car and hand held camera, whereas the FS7 was used for the Movi M15 scenes.

The special effects pick up shots today were for a mirror shot that was needed for a scene. Filming with the Sony F65, and the Fujinon 25-300mm they needed a more heavy duty dolly. We provided them with the Cinetech Falcon 2 that is usually available for rental to the customers that are shooting in our stage. David placed the camera on its side to give you the illusion the footage was vertical, yet the prop and actor were in a horizontal position.

Bertone Visuals, our partner company provided the digital acquisition systems (Dreadnought 4K cart) which allow the DIT not only to store and archive the whole film, but also, to take care of the color management and the transcoding on set from 4K Raw and XAVC to 2K Apple pro-res 4:2:2 codec. The editor for the unwilling is currently cutting the thriller/horror movie in Premiere CC.

Gianluca Bertone the president of Bertone Visuals participated as second camera operator and second unit DP, whereas his assistant Marco Paonessa worked as DIT.

The Unwilling is being edited at the new Bertone Visuals grading room located on the second floor of Hollywood Camera. The editor will import his cut via EDL to DaVinci Resolve where Bertone Visuals and Mr. Stump ASC, will grade the whole feature in P3-DCI (for theatrical release via DCP) and Rec 709 for Internet, TV and DVD applications.

We love having productions come over and use our facilities. Our 30 x 35 foot sound stage is available to rent for film, commercial and rehearsals. Call one of our rental agents to book you in for a walk through on 818 972 5000.

CHOOSE THE ALEXA, MATCH THE LENS

POSTED ON July 24th  - POSTED IN Lenses, Photography
For the month of July and August we want to offer an unbeatable deal at Hollywood Camera for the most reliable and professional camera in the market. Match any ARRI Alexa from our vault with one of our amazing lens sets.

Arri Alexa Plus – The ALEXA Plus is known for its exceptional image performance with 14+ stops of dynamic range. The ARRI color science in the ALEXA Plus provides natural color replication and excellent color separation. Our Alexa cameras besides capturing Apple ProRes internally are also capable of acquiring 3K Arri Raw with our onboard Codex M and S recorders.

Arri Alexa 4:3 – With the ALEXA 4:3 cameras, the full area of the sensor is used and a much higher image quality retained. In addition, the unique optical characteristics of anamorphic lenses the magic at the heart of anamorphic cinematography are rendered faithfully and fully in the digital image.

Arri Alexa XT – The ALEXA XT cameras add a number of significant and unique features: a Super 35 sensor with Open Gate and 4:3 sensor modes, in-camera ARRIRAW up to 120 fps, ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 3.2K, internal ND filter, Lens Data System, integrated CDL capture, ARRIRAW checksum, included anamorphic de-squeeze and high speed licenses, new viewfinder mounting bracket as well as a new, super silent fan.

Arri Alexa Mini - ARRI Alexa Mini combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry. Designed for specialized shot-making, the ALEXA Mini perfectly complements a full ALEXA shooting kit and allows the crew to keep a single system that is trusted all over the world.

MATCH THE CAMERA MATCH THE LENS

POSTED ON June 26th  - POSTED IN Info, Lenses, Photography
We take pride in offering exceptional service to our clients and building long term relationships. Our lens collection at Hollywood Camera ranges from some of the all time classics to the latest zoom, anamorphic and primes available on the market. All our camera packages are accessorized for the productions needs and budgets.

Arri Alexa Plus – The ALEXA Plus is known for its exceptional image performance with 14+ stops of dynamic range. The ARRI color science in the ALEXA Plus provides natural color replication and excellent color separation. Our Alexa cameras besides capturing Apple ProRes internally are also capable of acquiring 3K Arri Raw with our onboard Codex M and S recorders.

Sony F65 CineAlta 4K – F65 uses a unique 20 million photosite Super-35 sensor which has higher resolution than any previous digital motion picture camera. Although digital, it gives the feeling of a film based camera due to its mechanical rotary shutter.  Its 16-bit color depth together with 4K/6K/8K footage output make the F65 unmatched by any other digital camera on the market today.

Sony FS7 –  The Sony FS7 records in XAVC codec on internal XQD media cards in UHDTV 4K resolution (3840×2160), but it can also acquire 4K RAW footage when it is paired with the Sony AXS-R5 recorder and the HXR-IFR5 deck or the Convergent Design monitor/recorder Odyssey 7Q. The FS7 camera is capable of shooting slow motion at 60fps in 4K and 180fps at HD resolution.

CODEX S RECORDER

POSTED ON May 28th  - POSTED IN DIT Tools

The Codex S Recorder is a camera-mountable video recorder that will allow your production to capture RAW footage from the ARRI Alexa and the Canon C500 with embedded audio and metadata, to optional solid-state Codex Capture Drives. Used with the ARRI Alexa, it supports frame rates up to 60 fps in 16:9 and 48 fps in 4:3. Used with the Canon C500, it supports 120 fps at 4K. Onboard S Plus is weather resistant and weighs only 2.4 lb.

Package includes Codex S recorder, USB 3 docking station and x2 512GB capture drive.

Supported Video Formats:

2048/1920 x 1080 I/PSF 10-/8-BIT YCBYCR 4:2:2 OR 12-/10-/8-BIT RGB 4:4:4 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 FPS  2048/1920 x 1080P 10-/8-BIT YCBYCR 4:2:2 OR 12-/10-/8-BIT 4:4:4 DUAL-LINK 47.96, 48, 50, 59.94, 60, 100, 119.88 FPS  1280 x 720P 10-/8-BIT YCBYCR 4:2:2 OR 10-/8-BIT RGB 4:4:4 59.94, 60 FPS  ARRIRAW 1620P (16:9) 12-BIT BAYER 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 48, 50, 59.94, 60 FPS  ARRIRAW 2160P (4:3) 12-BIT BAYER 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 48 FPS Canon Cinema RAW 4096/3840 x 2048P 10-BIT BAYER 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 FPS Canon Cinema RAW 4096/3840 x 1080P 10-BIT BAYER 50, 59.94, 100, 119.88 FPS

For the month of May and June we are renting the Codex S out for $350 a day. For more information about the Codex S call 818 972-5000 or email info@hollywoodcamera.com

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ODYSSEY 7Q RECORDER

POSTED ON May 27th  - POSTED IN DIT Tools, Info
One of our favorite products right now is the Odyssey 7Q recorder/monitor here at Hollywood Camera. We have the license bundle with our Odyssey 7Q so now you can record RAW in ARRI, Canon and Sony. As a monitor, Odyssey7Q features a 7.7” OLED screen with 1280×800 resolution. Additional exposure aids include a programmable false color mode, zebras a waveform monitor and a histogram.

As a recorder the Odyssey7Q captures multiple signals and formats reliably to Solid State Drives. Odyssey7Q records HD or 4K Apple ProRes 422(HQ) or uncompressed video DPX files. RAW data signals from the ARRI ALEXA, the Canon C500 or the Sony FS700/FS7/A7S. Convert the RAW signal into high quality compressed video files for quicker turnaround in post.

COLOR GRADING ROOM

POSTED ON May 26th  - POSTED IN DIT Tools, Info
Designed and developed with filmmakers needs in mind, our brand new Color Grading room features a 4K theater style projector. The partnership with Bertone Visuals allows us to have a full Digital Intermediates facility for grading and mastering all the way to the theatrical DCP at Hollywood Camera. We have put together one of the most advanced and up to date post-production rooms in LA.

With a Sony 4K projector and a full DaVinci color correction system, our clients will have the luxury of grading in 4K with our colorist or have the option of just renting our color bay.

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