Sam Raimi’s interpretation of the land of Oz comes to life in Oz: The Great and Powerful, opening today and shot on REDEPIC. Nerdist recently posted their interviews with Raimi and the cast. With the pressure of revisiting a legendary film and reinventing its fantasy world, Raimi and his actors explain their initial concerns and the methods by which they bring the story to life.
We recently sat down with Kenny Stoff, the Director of Photography on the Sundance and SXSW selection Sound City, to speak with him about the experience. The movie is the directorial debut of Dave Grohl and tells the story of the legendary Van Nuys studio and the bands that recorded there. Kenny and his partner Jessica Young shot the movie and were flies on the wall during Grohl’s incredible conversations with Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and many others.
Kenny spoke with us about how the EPIC was a great camera for the job — able to switch between documentary interview and music performance seamlessly — and how the secret to shooting was prep, prep, prep.
Sound City was a hit at Sundance earlier this year and was accepted to SXSW. It screens three times in the next week at the Austin, Texas festival. Tonight, March 8, it shows at Alamo Village at 9:30pm. It also screens next Wednesday, March 13, at the Paramount Theatre at 7:15pm and next Friday, March 15, in Rollins Theatre at The Long Center at 1:30pm.
Back in December, we noted TransWorld SURF’s cover sequence shot on a SCARLET. The shoot for that cover was part of the movie DONE by Blake Vincent Kueny and John John Florence about John John’s surfing. The short film has been getting a great deal of recognition in surf circles. Stab Magazine declared: “This might just be film of the year.” TransWorld called it “freaking amazing.”
Much of the movie was shot on John John’s own SCARLET giving the filmmakers a level of control and comfort with their equipment that makes a huge difference when shooting hours of surf footage to catch the right moment.
Last night, Curfew, directed by Shawn Christensen, took home the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The story of a suicidal young man left to care for his niece for an evening, Curfew was shot on the REDONE and has won over 30 awards in the last year. Also nominated in the Live Action Short Film category was Asad by Bryan Buckley shot on REDEPIC.
One of the coolest things about the Shot on RED Film Festival last year was getting an early showing of the amazing work being done by independent filmmakers on RED cameras. That becomes even more gratifying when we see a film from the festival go on to dazzle other audiences.
In January, RED joined Gothenburg Film Studios for GoKinema 2013 — an annual event in Gothenburg, Sweden in which film artisans learn about being behind the scenes on a film set with workshops, art department displays and open sets. RED participated in 2 open set shoots where a director and DP shot on a REDEPIC system. The following day, RED was part of a live 4K grading session of those shoots led by Director of Photography Geoff Boyle and Chief Colorist Dado Valentic. On display was the RED 4K Workflow and its accessibility.
Last week in Hollywood, RED attended a screening of Sound City, the new documentary directed by Dave Grohl, shot on RED EPICs, and selected for Sundance this year. The film tells the story of the unlikely hero, Sound City Recording Studios, whose history careens from near failure to wild success over 30 years through the voices of the musicians and engineers who recorded at the studios.