Marvel recently announced that the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first feature film shot on the ground-breaking WEAPON 8K VV®. After rigorous testing, the production team decided to shoot the follow-up to their 2014 summer blockbuster on RED's WEAPON camera system complete with an 8K RED DRAGON® sensor.
"I cannot even begin to express how proud I am that Marvel and everyone involved in the production has decided to be the first to shoot on our WEAPON 8K," says Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema. "Given the enormous success of the first movie, we know first-hand how critical their team was in selecting a camera for the second installment. We consider this a huge affirmation that RED's investment in cutting-edge technology continues to be justified."
Representatives from Marvel echoed the same excitement in partnering with RED®:
"We are all hugely excited to be shooting the next Guardians of the Galaxy on the new WEAPON 8K. This is my third collaboration with RED, having previously shot with the RED EPIC on Prometheus and the EPIC DRAGON on Tarzan," says Nik Korda, Executive Producer. "The large sensor size and super high resolution offered by the new WEAPON 8K, combined with its lightweight and compact size open up a whole range of new creative possibilities."
The WEAPON 8K combines the intuitive, compact form factor of the WEAPON camera body with the impressive color science and dynamic range of RED's largest camera sensor to date. The 8K WEAPON captures images in 8K at 75 frames per second (fps), 6K at 100 fps, or 4K at 150 fps in REDCODE RAW®.
"RED's 8K WEAPON is the little big camera. Perfectly counterintuitive. And perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2," says Henry Braham, BSC, Director of Photography.
Shooting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins in early 2016, with an anticipated theatrical release date of July 28, 2017. RED is proud to support Marvel on their upcoming production, and looks forward to seeing the final product.