I would like to talk a bit about the technical side of our project in this post. We had the opportunity to work with some amazing equipment. For those of you interested in camera technology, keep reading!
Our camera package-
-Arri Alexa w/ High Speed upgrade
-Angeniuex Optimo 17-80mm
-Arri Ultra Prime 180mm
-Convergent Design Gemini Recorder w/ Arri Raw upgrade
-Sachtler Cine 30 w/ standard, baby, hi-hat
-Tv-Logic 7.4” On Board Monitor
-Arri FF5 Follow Focus
-Arri LMB-15 4x5 3-stage Clip on Mattebox
-Schneider Filters: ND .3 .6 .9 1.2, Geared Polarizer
First Assistant Camera Dave Goldgaber building the Alexa
Fully Built Alexa Rig
We shot Arriraw to the Gemini and ProRes 4:4:4 into the camera simultaneously, and ProRes 4:2:2HQ for the 120fps slow motion scenes. The workflow was incredibly simple to set up, and painless to work with aside from two minor unexpected hitches.
A couple things to note about this setup -
1. Do not reset the Gemini factory defaults with the Arri-Raw upgrade installed. It will roll back the upgrade to Demo mode. This was a total surprise for us on set, and required us to call Convergent Design’s Emergency number in order to unlock the full version upgrade again. I’m sure that this is an issue that will be fixed in a future firmware update.
2. When recording 120fps on the Alexa, make sure it has proper protection from the sun and nothing obstructing its fan. It was not a very hot day, but after just thirty minutes of shooting in a fairly sunny area, the Alexa body was giving us temperature warnings. The problem was solved by switching over to “Tropical Weather Mode” on the body. This camera was truly designed to handle all conditions!
I will never be able to get over how excellent the Alexa’s low light shooting is. We were able to stay on the T2.2 17-80 zoom, shooting at native 800 ISO, with an extremely minimalist lighting setup. Our keylight was a small campfire (yes, just a natural fire), our fill was a heavily diffused Inky, eyelight a Litepanel Micro, and the background accented with an LED Kino Celeb. Using only these small lights we were able to set up FAST with very little power necessity.
Now, it is time to take our next step into post. Working with the ProRes files is a dream, and because of linked timecode, slipping in the corrected ArriRaw footage at the end will be easy.
For Byrhtnoth! For Maldon!