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Alexa 65 (5 replies and 6 comments)

miteshm
6 months ago
miteshm 6 months ago

Hello Mr. Deakins,

I had a question about choosing formats I'm considering shooting on the Alexa 65 for my next, but aesthetically I'm trying to reason with my mind as to if, is it worth it? Im a cinematographer from India and we projection max 2K footage. The opening on the lenses is a 2.8 and some are even slower which means I need to light double the amount which increases production cost there as well. Creatively I think I need to enhance the scale of the film its a large scale period drama.

The production cost and eventual output is it worth it as per your opinion? I've been considering pushing for an IMAX release as well but I would really love to get your opinion on these larger formats as oppose to the SXT which could give me a a 3.2K output. which none the less would need a to be scaled down.

Was it alright converting from 3.2K footage to an IMAX release in skyfall? Did your frame for it?

Would be a great help to get your opinion or any additional issues or suggestions that you may have.

Thank you

Mitesh Mirchandani 

 

Roger Deakins
6 months ago
Roger Deakins 6 months ago

I believe the 'Skyfall' resolution was standard Alexa at 2.8K. For 'Blade Runner 2049' we used Alexa Open Gate, which is around 3.4K. For each film we framed for 2:35 and for IMAX using the height of the sensor rather than extracting the latter from the former, as you would be forced to do shooting anamorphic. I was quite happy with the resolution of both these films in their IMAX versions.

The new Alexa LF has a resolution of over 4K and that looks to be the better option in terms of a balance speed of lenses and resolution.

miteshm
5 months ago

Thank you for your reply.
One more thing. Have you tested out the Alexa 65? or explored the idea of shooting on it yet?

Kemalettin
5 months ago
Kemalettin 5 months ago

Hey Roger, are you going to use Alexa LF in future projects?

Roger Deakins
5 months ago
Roger Deakins 5 months ago

I have tested the Alexa 65 and I think its resolution and image capture in general is pretty incredible. We did consider it for 'BR2049' but both Denis and I felt that the standard Alexa at Open Gate suited us better.

Yes, I do plan to use the LF in the future.

calitrav
5 months ago
calitrav 5 months ago

Hi Mr. Deakins,

Would you happen to know if The Revenant was shot on both film and the Alexa 65? I caught a screening at the Academy during the run-up to awards season that year, and remember walking out of the theater feeling amazed by both the movie overall and how great it looked, feeling like they must surely have shot it on film...

Then I went and looked it up and discovered it had been shot on the Alexa 65, which must have been just about brand-new at the time as I'd never heard of it.

Just a few months ago, someone told me it was shot on both film and digital. I realize you didn't work on it, but just curious if you knew.

Add me to the list of people who thought Sicario and Blade Runner 2049 looked great, btw. Sicario 2 had a lot going for it, but it was a bit too dark for me to enjoy the look and feel of it as much. 

Thanks,

Travis 

dmullenasc
5 months ago

Most of The Revenant was shot on a regular Alexa, maybe a third or less on the Alexa 65.

NicolasLabra
5 months ago

I heard chivo tested on film, but preferred the digital look for that particular project, and that hey even shot on RED`s in a few of the main photography parts.

Mike
5 months ago

I did actually read somewhere that it was shot twice with digital and film but this could have from the advertising media people to sell the movie. Not seen the film so cannot comment.

calitrav
5 months ago

Thanks dmullen -- those Alexas are really something, aren't they?
I remain amazed at how great that movie looked.

Btw, I just checked your list of credits (I assume it's you) on IMDB -- I actually worked on Tom's Nu Heaven as an "extra" during my first few months in LA, and later worked as Dale's personal assistant for a few months.

I still remember chatting with Craig Sheffer (sp?) for a few minutes, who asked where I was from (Columbia, SC) and it turned out he'd worked on "The Program" which shot there -- and hardly anything ever shoots there.

So naturally I asked where he was from and he said "Pittsburgh!" like it was the best place ever.

Also, I went back to film school a few years ago and pitched in on a Diesel spec commercial for Laura Stabilini, who had her hubby Paul Cameron DP'ing it for her. What a talented guy he is -- very courteous, too.

Funny thing: a couple of years later, I was watching "Man on Fire", I believe it was, and there was this shaky handheld shot between the Fanning girl and Denzel Washington in a car -- and I often find shaky handheld to be overdone or poorly used -- and it looked SO GOOD I literally stopped the movie to see who'd shot it and what they'd shot it on.

Paul Cameron! On an Arri 16 if I recall correctly.

Anyway, small world 🙂

Roger Deakins
5 months ago
Roger Deakins 5 months ago

Much of 'The Revenant' was shot on the Alexa XT M. Chivo did get to try out one of the first Alexa 65 cameras sometime during the shoot and he liked it so much he held on to it until they wrapped but they didn't use it exclusively. Either way, the film does look amazing.

calitrav
5 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate your taking the time to reply.

Perhaps the used the 65 on some of the wider shots...one of these days I'll have to watch it again with a Director's Commentary track (if there is one)

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