POSTED ON December 5th  - POSTED IN Info, Photography
The Sony F55 CineAlta is one of our flagship cine cameras at Hollywood Camera. It has been accessorized in great detail to be highly flexible and friendly towards 1st AC’s and Camera Operators.

You can accessorize the F55 however you like that’s best for you and the job in hand, but we have put together our version and we would like to share it with you.

For this camera package we used the O’Connor 2565 fluid head on Ronford-Baker sticks with a standard Mitchell plate. Being a studio setup we decided to use 19mm rods with an additional Arri Quick Release on the bottom.

As for follow focus for this package we recommend the O’Connor CFF-1 since it is accurate, solid and can be mounted on 19mm rods, or 15mm rods with an adaptor or if you decide to use a single channel wireless focus system, the Hedén HLC-DA is a great choice.

When the camera is in studio mode with 19mm rods we used the Arri Matte Box MB-28 that comes with a rich kit of adaptor rings, hard matte mask and barn doors. When the camera is used hand-held style with the lightweight mini 15mm rods we suggest our light weight clip-on Matte Box, Arri LMB15.

An important mechanical accessory for this F55 package is the MTF lens adaptor. This mount adaptor allows you to mount Canon EF lenses on a camera that normally features a PL mount. At Hollywood Camera/Bertone Visuals we have a full set of six Canon Cinema CN-E primes that besides being 4K certified lenses they also have 11 iris blades for nice circular bokh. However, the PL mount is always an option if DP’s want to go for our Zeiss CP2, Cooke S4i or the phenomenal Leica Summilux-C.

Portable Post Production – Dreadnought

POSTED ON November 18th  - POSTED IN DIT Tools

A Full Post Production Facility on Wheels. They call it the “Dreadnought“.

A portable post production created after years of research and development by Gianluca Bertone of Bertone Visuals, the Dreadnought is the set solution that every production needs.

Simply put, the Dreadnought 4K is a mobile system that allows one to Edit, Grade (Secondary Color Correction/Power Windows) and Execute Raw Footage on LTO-5 supports.

Directors, DPs, Editors and Colorists can work from set, the production office or even back at the hotel! Post production made easy.

Powered by CUDA technology, the Dreadnought 4K can reproduce in real time any 3K/4K raw footage, like Arri Raw, Sony Raw or Canon Raw. With additional accessories, the Dreadnought can even project 4K on a big screen (Rec 709 Color Space, Ultra HD and 4K Resolution).

The Dreadnought 4K can read digital magazines from ANY 4K digital cameras (like the Sony F65), and ingests “digital assets” (i.e. footage) with 6G SAS and 10 Gigabit fiber optic technology. Rest assured that your entire feature or multi-camera commercial will be stored safely.

This is a powerful system that can transcode for dailies (Apple Pro Res, Avid DNxHD, h264 codec, etc.), and can even make a ROUGH CUT with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere CS6/CC or DaVinci Resolve 11.

Finally, the entire system is transported via a Nissan Cargo Van HD3500 with hydraulic lift, and comes with a skilled technician.

Portable Post Production – Dreadnought

by Bertone Visuals


POSTED ON November 10th  - POSTED IN Info, Photography

I had the privilege of meeting Sean Bobbitt whilst attending NYFA during a private screening of 12 Years of Slave, which was followed by Q&A.

Sean Bobbitt has been behind the camera for a good part of three decades, starting as a news cameraman in the 1980’s. He began working as a cinematographer in the late 1990’s and it was in 2002 when he started his collaboration with Steve McQueen on films such as Western Deep (2002), Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011). It was his work on 12 Years of Slave (2013), which he is most known for and has filmmakers and cinematographers alike discussing his creative techniques.

The video is a 90 minute ARRI workshop where Sean Bobbitt was invited to discuss the art of hand held cinematography and its place in filmmaking.

It’s a must watch if anyone is serious about filmmaking, from directors to cinematographers I would highly recommend finding a spare 90 minutes sitting by yourself, or your super cool hipster film buddies, and listening in to what he has to say.

Hand Held Cinematography Video


POSTED ON November 6th  - POSTED IN Info, Motion, Photography

All our products including our MoVi M10’s when returned from our clients are checked over and serviced by our service team in the rental department. Marko is checking over the MoVI M10 by Freefly Systems, making sure everything is in working order so its ready for our next client.

Check out these pictures we put up that show some of the steps needed for the MoVi M10 to be set up. Today he is testing and balancing the RED Dragon with the Leica Summicron-C 29mm lens.

The M10 is custom designed and custom built. The brushless motors are the perfect blend of performance and weight while the entire rig runs virtually silently. The M10 gives filmmakers total control over the stabilizer with multiple modes for single operators and dual operators.

Sony F55 vs Arri Alexa Plus

POSTED ON November 4th  - POSTED IN Info, Photography
Pierre Chemaly DP – Sony F55 vs Arri Alexa Plus camera test at Hollywood Camera

A good friend of Hollywood Camera Pierre Chemaly who’s been a DP since 1992 dropped in to run some camera tests for his upcoming feature film. Pierre’s shot features/shorts, commercials and Aerial work all over Eurpoe, Africa and the US and like most has seen the transition from film to digital.

Gianluca Bertone from Bertone Visuals and Pierre discuss the pros and cons of the Sony F55 and the Arri Alexa Plus. Pierre wanted a camera package that was the best choice for the job, he wanted something lightweight and shoots 4k Raw, so he has the option to go to a theatrical release and not be restricted in quality.


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