Las Vegas, NV — RED Digital Cinema introduces REDDRAGON® — the 6K sensor for REDEPIC cameras — and many other innovations at the NAB Show this week. From shooting to post-production to playing, RED aims to provide the ultimate ultra high-definition solutions.
The innovative video game studio Red 5 Studios launched Stage 5 TV to cover emerging trends in gaming and geek culture. Their YouTube channel hosts several different series including Game Changers — a show where they take video game tropes and see if they would work in real life. In the latest episode, Game Changers wants to know if people can fly jetpacks and shoot guns. They shoot every episode on EPICs and SCARLETs.
Enter a series of five still photographs and narrative or nonnarrative motion shorts. From the entries, 10 Finalists will be chosen to receive a REDEPIC outfit on loan for a month during which they can shoot a dream project to be judged for the final phase of the contest. One winner will then win a EPIC-X PROCOLLECTION courtesy of RED and a set of ZEISS CP.2 LENSES
The prize package is valued at over $63,000 and features the EPIC-X PROCOLLECTION and a set of 4 Zeiss CP.2 Lenses in either EF or PL mount. All finalists will receive a 1-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud.
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.