On a student film your resources are very limited, however you usually have a little time to play with since the film is your main focus at school. The process of rehearsals was very new to me. I was very happy to have onboard Alex Gray (Cobb), Eren Fukushima (Aya), and Vera Badida (Japanese student). On rehearsals we meet and did a few read throughs and meet with our great director of photography (Laura Shand) for some camera set ups as well. Working with Laura was awesome, she really knew what she was doing with that RED Camera. All and all it is a great chance to refine the script with your actors feedback and flag up any potential issues.
This concept is awesome, I heard about it through the NoFilm School website. I immediately clicked on the camera's Kick Starter campaign and I discovered filmmakers making cameras for filmmakers, no bullshit! This is what cinematographer Philip Bloom had to say:
This is one of the most exciting camera concepts I have seen in a long time…a Digital Bolex, shooting 2K raw with a 16mm equivalent sensor recording in DNG, TIFF or JPEG sequences AND with XLR inputs for recording audio...
Digital Bolex D16 Camera creators Elle Schneider and Joe Rubinstein.
The camera parts will be manufactured in China, assembleed in Toronto, delivered through the United states, and overseen by Bolex of Switzerland. Learn more from this interview Philip Bloom conducted with the innovators:
The secret behind this is that it’s actually technologically, electronically, simpler than a 5d Mark III. Because it doesn’t have any of the stuff in it that does all the compression and everything. It’s what I’m calling technologically transparent — meaning, it’s lens to sensor, sensor to storage, and the camera really doesn’t affect the image at all [...] I want to make a camera that is as hands off the image as possible. So it’s more like 16mm film, the way it would be lens straight to film [...] So that’s the goal [...] Let people play with the raw images that their sensors make.
This is a trailer for the very first short shot on a D16 prototype:
Here are the camera specs(the camera looks great if they can pull them off as promised - I definitely want to buy one when the dust settles)
|Resolution||2048 x 1152 (Super 16mm mode) + 1920 x 1080 pixels (16mm mode)|
|Format||Adobe Cinema DNG, TIFF, JPEG Image sequences|
|Colour depth||12 bit – 4:4:4|
|File size||2 to 3 MB per frame in RAW|
|Sensor||Kodak CCD: 12.85 mm (H) x 9.64 mm (V) – Similar to Super 16mm|
|Pixel Size||5.5 micron (compared to the 4.3 micron size of many DSLRs)|
|Framerate||up to 32 fps at 2K, 60fps at 720p, 90 fps at 480p|
|Sound||Balanced, 2 channel, 16 bit, 48 kHz via XLR|
|Viewfinder||320×240, 2.4” diagonal, with Focus Assist|
|Video out||640 x 480 B&W via ⅛” video jack (HD-SDI avail in separate unit)|
|Ports||⅛” video, headphone, USB 3.0, Audio XLR (2), 4-PIN XLR|
|Data Storage||Dual CF card slots, SSD (buffer drive)|
|Power||Internal battery, 12V External via 4 pin XLR port|
|Body||Milled steel and hard plastic|
|Size (body)||Approximately 5”H (without pistol grip) by 4”W by 8”D|
|Size (grip)||5”H by 2”W by 5”D|
|Lens mount||C-mount comes standard; Optional PL, EF, B4|
|ISO Options||100, 200, 400|
|Also in the box||pistol grip, USB 3.0 cable, internal battery, 4 pin XLR Battery, cable, video cable, transcoder/raw conversion software|
For more information check these links out:
- Philip Bloom Post on the Digital Bolex
- Digital Bolex Official Site
- Kickstarter Campaign for the Digital Bolex D16