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  1. #1 Oscar Cinematography Survey: Cameras & Lenses Used To Shoot 35 Awards Contenders 
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    Indiewire just posted their annual survey of what cameras & lenses were used to shoot the top 3 dozen contenders for the this year's Best Cinematography Oscar.

    Here's the list:

    Annihilation - Sony F65 at 4K update: also on Red 6K Weapon
    At Eternity's Gate - Red Helium 8K
    Bad Times at the El Royale - Panaflex XL (35mm film)
    Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Alexa Studio XT & Mini
    Beautiful Boy - Alexa SXT
    Black Panther - Alexa SXT & Mini
    BlacKKKlansman - Panavision/Arricam/Aaton 35mm film
    Bohemian Rhapsody - Alexa SXT & 65 / Arri 35BL (film)
    Boy Erased - Alexa (interior) Arri LT (35mm ext)
    Can You Ever Forgive Me - Panavision DXL
    Cold War - Alexa SXT
    Colette - Alexa
    Destroyer - Alexa Mini
    The Favourite - Panavision/Arri 35mm
    First Man - Aaton & Arri Super 16/35mm/65mmm film
    First Reformed - Alexa SXT
    Front Runner - Panavision XL2 (35mm)
    Green Book - Alexa Mini
    The Hate U Give - Panavision DXL
    Hereditary - Alexa Mini
    If Beale Street Could Talk - Alexa 65
    Leave No Trace - Alexa Mini
    Mary Poppins Returns - Alexa XT & Mini
    Mary Queen of Scots - Panavision DXL
    Old Man & The Gun - Arri 416 16mm
    On the Basis of Sex - Alexa
    Private War - Alexa Mini
    Quiet Place - Panavision Millennium 35mm
    The Rider - Arri Amira
    Roma - Alexa 65
    Sorry to Bother You - Alexa Mini
    A Star Is Born - Alexa Mini
    The Sisters Brothers - Alexa Mini
    Vice - Arricam 16mm & 35mm
    Wildlife - Alexa XT

    I'm glad to see the Panavision Milennium DXL make some inroads -- that's a helluva camera.

    Full article with interviews at this link:

    https://www.indiewire.com/2018/11/ca...hy-1202019782/

    I'm surprised to see that film is still alive and doing well -- even Super 16mm. Film is still a viable option for indie feature projects at a certain budget level.
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    Well, I'm surprised that film isn't used more. :-) Easy to say when you're not the one spending the money, I guess.
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    Annhilation:

    Format and Camera: Sony F65 at 4K, for the shimmer we switched to RED weapon 6K.
    Lens: We started with Primo anamorphic, then for the shimmer we switched to the G-Series anamorphic.
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    Annhilation was shot 70% on RED (the shimmer was a majority of the film). Also, even after the shimmer when Natalie's character came back to the world, it was still RED to show that things had changed visually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karim D. Ghantous View Post
    Well, I'm surprised that film isn't used more. :-) Easy to say when you're not the one spending the money, I guess.
    Well, look at it this way: there have been million-dollar indies that shot on film. Even Super 16mm film is a viable format. The cost of stock, developing, and scanning is not as costly as you might think.

    15 Cannes Film Festival Movies Were Shot on Film,
    Including ‘The Beguiled’

    https://www.indiewire.com/2017/05/15...lm-1201818742/

    Me personally, I try to be as format-agnostic as I can. We'll conform and do final color on anything, whether it's shot on an iPhone or shot on 65mm film. We don't care, as long as it's well-lit and well-exposed. The lighting makes the biggest possible difference. And for films of a certain budget, the above-the-line costs (actors, writers, producers, director) cost far more than anything else. I think the total film costs on a $100 million feature are maybe $2 million, so that's not even 1/50th of its budget. 35mm film is basically $100 per minute ($1000 per 10 minutes), so figure it out from there. My guess is that catering probably costs as much or more.

    The big surprise to me on the list is that there are a lot of different choices there. It'd be interesting to have a similar list of current hit TV shows and compare what the acquisition camera and formats are.
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    Something very interesting about super 16mm film
    With a budget or not
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