RED Digital Cinema has built a fully customised one-of-a-kind camera—the RED Xenomorph—just for David Fincher and his team to shoot his upcoming series “Mindhunter” for Netflix. Imagine you absolutely love your RED Dragon, but it ends up a mess of magic arms and cabling by the time you’ve added all your support gear. If only it were all permanently integrated into the camera. No cables, no magic arms, no rigs, no mess. Now imagine your name is David Fincher. For Fincher, nothing is impossible. As with all things RED, details tend to trickle out over time, but keep your eyes on this REDUser thread if you want to find out more. Here’s what we know. David Fincher’s RED Xenomorph Integrated: RED Weapon Dragon 6K Sensor Technology 7.0″ LCD Touch Paralinx wireless video Extended WiFi/Foolcontrol antenna array RT Motion Lens Motor Control Zaxcom wireless audio and timecode Anton Bauer Gold Mount Shoulder Mount Xenomorph-inspired brain design And, according to Phil Holland, who I’d like to thank for sharing the info, is my favorite of all: and a couple of other sneaky things Images are courtesy of RED and the Mindhunter Camera Dept. Before you ask: No. The RED Xenomorph is not, and won’t be, a commercially available new camera from RED. No. You can’t have one—unless your name is David Fincher.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology and Røde Microphones. Drew Geraci, Claus Andersen, Greg Crosby Drew Geraci is a cinematographer based in Washington DC, and specialises in time-lapse shooting. His most notable piece of work is probably the opening sequence of the Netflix hit show “House Of Cards“, one of the most popular shows in the world today. He had posted some of his time-lapse work online, when he suddenly got a call from none other than show creator David Fincher who commissioned him to shoot the opening sequence. If for some odd reason you haven’t seen the show yet, I definitely recommend checking it out. Here’s the intro sequence of House Of Cards season 2: Claus Andersen from Bodhi Visuals in Denmark is a filmmaker who runs a number of very popular filmmaking groups on Facebook. They are mostly based around shooting with modern cameras, among them the very popular Sony a7S user group, which has proven to be a great source of insight about the popular Sony mirrorless cameras. Greg Crosby works for G-Technology, one of the sponsors of our show. He tells us about how they focus on workflow solutions for people like Drew, who deal with huge amounts of data on their time-lapse shoots every day. Drew tells us how he now works with the a7S II 12 Megapixels RAW and a7R II in 42 Megapixels RAW, which sometimes results in over 1 TB of data for a single time-lapse shot. In the show, Drew explains the challenges and advantages behind handling this kind of quality and resolution. Stay tuned for part 2 of our conversation with Drew, Claus and Greg! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology and Røde Microphones.Read more
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