Tuesday, December 10, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Both Ridley Scott's EXODUS And Matt Reeves' DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES To Be Released In Native 3D!!

Yes! I believe MarketSaw is the first to have this information for you. I'm very excited that Ridley Scott's EXODUS and Matt Reeves DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES will both be released in Native 3D! While we have known for some time now that both EXODUS and DAWN were going to be 3D, we didn't know if they were going to be conversions or not. They're not.

I've further found out that both of these stereo projects will be using the industry leading 3ality Technica rigs for the productions! These guys are at the top of their game, nailing tentpole after tentpole with an upcoming list that also includes X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, POMPEII, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and HERCULES.

I've heard from two very reliable sources (not 3ality Technica obviously - they are under NDA) that this is happening and I couldn't be happier!

The photos are taken from the set of EXODUS (Christian Bale is standing beside the 3ality Technica rig that is holding the new 6K RED DRAGON cameras!) and the sets are impressively massive and detailed.

Dariusz Wolski is again teaming up with Ridley as his cinematographer (they simply nailed PROMETHEUS - gorgeous picture!) and they are at it again with EXODUS and they are shooting with 6K cameras.

Here are some details on the RED DRAGON:
- Dragon's full frame resolution is 6144x3160 and it's sensor size is 30.7x15.8mm, which is an aspect ratio of 1.94:1.
- What does 6K work out to for still shooters? 19.4 megapixels, print resolution of 20.48x10.53 inches at 300 DPI.
- Dragon's ISO 2000 appears "cleaner" than the Mysterium X at ISO 800. Basically less than half the noise of the MX sensor.
- Dragon's currently been measured at 18+ stops of captured dynamic range. Noticeably more than modern film stocks.
- The Dragon Upgrade itself represents a new sensor, new ASIC boards, and other new technologies.
- Max frames per second at full resolution? 100fps at 6K for Epic Dragon, 60fps at 5K for Scarlet Dragon.
- What about IR and the OLPF? There's a new IR OLPF designed specifically for Dragon.
- What about power consumption and heat? The Dragon sensor uses less power and generates less heat than the Mysterium X Sensor.
Above is a quick look at how the Red Dragon sensor compares to standard motion picture film formats. Notable observations to take from this are:
- Dragon's 6K is noticeably wider than S35, but nearly exactly as tall as S35 Academy. Useful for anamorphic shooters.
- Dragon's 5K is a smidge wider than S35 Full Aperture and a smidge shorter as S35 3-perf. Likely providing enough room for all S35 designed lenses.
- Dragon's 4K is just a bit thinner than S35 Academy.
- Dragon's 3K is noticeably wider than S16, and just a bit taller.
6K is the maximum resolution of Epic Dragon. 6144x3160 or 19.4 megapixels at a 1.94:1 aspect ratio.
6K is 9.36x more pixels than 1080p.
6K is 8.78x more pixels than 2K.
6K is 2.2x more pixels than 4K.
6K is 1.4x more pixels than 5K.
At 300 DPI you can make a 20.48x10.53 inch print from a full 6K Dragon image.
At 150 DPI you can make a 40.96x21.067 inch print from a full 6K Dragon image.
6K is 14% more resolution than 5K for a pristine full debayer down to 4K. Meaning it's a 66.7% down sample/debayer to 4K.

More info when I get it! I'll check with 3ality Technica to see if I can get any information about the rigs / tech / crews they are using despite their NDA. The 2014 3D movie calendar will be updated shortly...

DRAGON specs from RedUser. First photo via JustJared.

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