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BLOG: Createasphere's Reducation

December 10, 2010
BLOG: Createasphere's Reducation BLOG: Createasphere's Reducation
LOS ANGELES — This week during Createasphere's Reducation—also known affectionately as “The Ted and Mark Show” after Red's Ted Schilowitz and Offhollywood's Mark Pederson —was highlighted by a visit from Red CEO Jim Jannard, who waxed philosophic that he never imagined Red would be this far so soon.

The in-depth seven-day training covering Red production and post got a big boost by the announcement earlier that Mark Webb's Spider-Man reboot was shooting nearby in 3D with Epic cameras.

Schilowitz proudly showed a working Epic (pictured), uncannily small considering the technical complexity and a weight of only five pounds sans lens.

This latest addition to what now can be called the Red family of cameras is such a marvel it takes a bit of time for all of it to sink in.  First, it uses the Mysterium-X sensor, which is also in the Red One but has been refined with new electronics and software. The Epic image is 5120 x 2700 and has more than 60% greater image area than the Red One at 4096 x 2304. The smaller body and remote electronics makes it ideal for 3D work.  Spider-Man cinematographer John Schwartzman, ASC, says on his Reduser post that he did 22 set-ups on Monday Dec 6th—the first day of shooting—with four Epics mounted on two 3ality TS-5 rigs.  

The new HDRx feature allows the camera to shoot 14 megapixel frames at 24fps with 18 stops of dynamic range.  A case could be made that this camera has surpassed the technical capacities of 35mm film.

In the HDRx mode, says Schilowitz, each frame "exists as two separate frames: a normal exposure frame and a short exposure frame that are linked together and work together as one with the flexibility to dial in the amount of HDRx you are looking for in the shot, up to an amazing 18 stops of overall range."

More to come soon!