Friday, June 03, 2011

Schwartzman: (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) ...Is The Best Looking Footage I Have Ever Shot (Or Seen)

Yes, you read that title correctly. John Schwartzman (pictured), legendary cinematographer for such movies as THE ROCK, PEARL HARBOR, SEABISCUIT and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN has completely fallen for the RED Epic Digital cameras on 3ality Digital rigs.

Here's what Jim Jannard of RED passed on to his forum readers about Schwartzman's verbatim comments: "This is the best looking footage I have ever shot... these are the best images I have ever seen!" was his comment. I asked him if this was just his enthusiasm spilling out or if this was actually the case (pretty big statement). He thought for a few moments and said "No, really... this is the best footage I have ever seen from any camera. Ever."

Jannard continues: "The consensus in the room (to a person) was that this looked like film. Like 65mm film. Better. Without any trace of film's blocky detail in shadows or grain. Jaw dropping."

Better than film. Digital has broken new ground here folks. In S3D no less.

Lucas Wilson of 3ality Digital comments later in that thread: Peter, John, and the entire Spiderman team was an amazing group of people. I was in NYC a few weeks ago visiting set, and saw one of the Producers sitting on a bench smiling. A smiling Producer on a major feature is sort of like an albino albatross - you don't see them often. I asked him what was going on and why he was so happy. He looked at me and said, "I just found out we are going to finish on time and *under* budget." Being under budget for a major 2D feature is rare. Being under budget for an S3D film of this epic (!) scope and working through so many challenges and new technology points is unheard of. We are proud to have been part of the effort and we learned an awful lot from working with seasoned professionals like Peter & John. On to the next feature. (which will be a *huge* one).

Congratulations seem to be in order for the RED and 3ality Digital teams for supporting the work done by Schwartzman on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! Can't wait to see the results!!

Thanks for the heads up Mark!

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