my story from behind the camera (part four)

by John Waco Jr August. 22, 2018 530 views

Whether digital or film, Hollywood uses cameras that fit the needs of the individual production and scene being shot. Criteria that often drives this decision include: - Size, shape, weight, and ruggedness appropriate for whatever camera support devices (tripod, handheld, dolly, crane, Steadicam, railcam, drone, etc.) are needed to produce the shot(s) required.- The ability to accept makes/models of industry accepted lenses and accessories with the focal length, aperture and aesthetic look required.- An imager size appropriate for the depth-of-field desired.- Light sensitivity and exposure latitude appropriate for the lighting conditions.- A recording medium and codec (if digital) appropriate for the desired post-production workflow.- An imager resolution appropriate for the desired post-production workflow and deliverable requirements. In a general sense this often winds up being a camera small and light enough to be handheld on one’s shoulder if need be (about 10-20 lbs with lens, batteries and accessories), have a PL or PV lens mount and rod system for industry standard cinematography lenses and accessories, have a Super-35mm sized imager (or occasionally a larger or smaller imager), a light sensitivity of approximately ISO 800-1250 with 12-14 stops of latitude, a RAW or LOG recording codec (if digital), and a 2K, 4K or higher resolution. There are many cameras that fit this general description as others have noted in this thread. Popular ones are the Arri Alexa family of cameras, various RED cameras and Sony Cine-Alta series cameras. Generally speaking cameras fall into 4 categories: Very large film: 70mm/IMAX etc. Anamorphic 35mm Super 35mm 16mm Generally the cost of your production drops with each step down the list. Of course we now have digital equivalents of all these formats. Brands such as Sony, RED, and Arri have all done their fair share of dominating the digital market in their market segments. The field is wide open now, though. The days of selling a heap of digital HD video cameras for $200k are well and truly behind us. That said, there are still some specialty cameras that will sell for over a million. As for which cameras are being used for feature film production: From the iPhone camera, through DSLR's, 'prosumer' cine cameras, RED's, F35's, Arri's, to Panavision, Sony, Canon and IMAX. It's all up for grabs now!

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Bill Baird 2 years, 7 months ago

Serious gear !

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John Waco Jr Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 7 months ago

Did you like the image of the film camera at the beginning all the rest were digital

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