Revenge of The Great Camera Shootout 2012 – Part One from Zacuto

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Zacuto has again pulled out all the stops to outdo themselves from the last 2 Camera Shootouts (2010, 2011) – the first episode of the Revenge of The Great Camera Shootout 2012 is now available! I was disappointed that there were technical problems with the preview scheduled for NAB – so I didn’t get to see the whole thing up on the big screen this year.

This is the first part of a 90 minute piece… the second and third pieces will come on July 15th and August 15th.

Make sure you see these additional bits of the puzzle:

From Zacuto

We’ve got a lot to prove in Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012. Some of it will surprise you, some of it will shock you, and some of it will change the way you work forever. Let’s make this clear: This is not the shootout you’re expecting.

Will you see the empirical testing where we set the lighting, keep it constant, and run all the cameras through so pixel pushers are happy knowing they’ve made the right purchase? Sure. What’s new and different is that we’re going to show you what you can do with each of these cameras on the same set by letting expert DPs who’ve mastered these cameras get creative with them. They’ve figured out the best profiles, they know how to light for their camera while keeping color timing in mind. This shootout is about two things- what a camera is capable of and what a DP can do with his abilities to make it look great with all of his skills, experience and talent. The key element here is talent. There are no winners as with all of our tests, since winning is dependent on your abilities.

This 90 minute documentary will be presented in three parts that will air on the 15th of June, July, and August. It’s critical you watch all three episodes to fully understand the total message. Each segment will feature three of the nine camera masters describing their approach to the creative shot. The three parts are interwoven and each will feature new guests imparting their knowledge and wisdom for you to learn from. Stop, listen and learn, it’s not all about the cameras! I hope you enjoy this passion project we call Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout.

Please, for those who have been to theatrical screenings of the test footage, we ask that you do not spoil it for everyone else and post which camera is which in the comments. Let it be a surprise in episode two.

Here are the cameras involved:

  1. Sony F65 — Sony Representatives
  2. ARRI Alexa — Rodney Charters, ASC
  3. RED Epic — Ryan Walters
  4. Sony FS100 — Den Lennie & Mick Jones
  5. Sony F3 w/slog — Nancy Schreiber, ASC
  6. Canon C300 — Polly Morgan
  7. Canon 7D with Technicolor settings — Michael Negrin, ASC
  8. Panasonic GH2 (hacked and non-hacked) — Jonny Zeller & Colt Seman

We expect that many people will say, “You didn’t include my camera.” We tried to include as many of the new cameras at varying price points as we could. Two DSLR cameras were included to give you a feel for that class of camera, but the whole point of the test was to show people which camera they use isn’t the most important thing. The rules are the same with any camera–pick one–learn how to master it–learn how to light for it–learn the artistic craft of lighting. Those are the components for making you a great DP/Cinematographer, not the camera. Much of the focus of this documentary is not on the cameras themselves but on the art and craft of lighting from the opinions of our selected DP’s- how they looked to films, photography and paintings to learn about lighting, as well as school for some. We think you will find the results astounding, informative and entertaining.

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What do you think?

Eager to see the rest?

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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