In an interesting move, Nikon has announced the Nikon D800 will be used to shoot a “Beautiful Horror Movie.” What’s even more interesting is that they’re releasing several “behind the scenes” (BTS) videos even before the final short is completed.
Nikon is obviously wanting to go after more Hollywood attention with this short. It’s also interesting that they initially published several behind-the-scenes videos which we wanted to include here, but then they’ve made them non–embeddable. So while they want publicity about the new movie, they only will show the behind the scenes over on their website brokennightmovie.com.
So the best I can do for you right now is to send you over to their website to see the videos (since we can’t embed them here) and you can read the press release below.
Of course, will be very excited to see this new Nikon D800 short, but they’re probably not going to let us embed that it either, so we’ll just have to link to it.
Nikon D800 press release
Nikon Attracts Hollywood Talent for its "Beautiful Horror Movie" Program
Director Guillermo Arriaga and Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Create Short Horror Film with the D800 and NIKKOR Lenses
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the launch of its “Beautiful Horror Movie,” a challenge posed to two of the world’s top filmmakers to define the moment when striking cinematography and terror converge. Designed as a project to demonstrate capabilities of the Nikon D800 HD-SLR camera, world-class writer/director Guillermo Arriaga and award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski will direct and capture a short film, combining the darkness and suspense of a horror film with the elegance and beauty of high-caliber cinematography.The film, entitled “Broken Night,” will be officially released in early December, 2012, however fans can access exclusive behind the scenes content leading up to the release on “The Beautiful Horror Movie” Tumblr page at www.brokennightmovie.com.
“To tell a story visually is one kind of challenge,” said Guillermo Arriaga, director. “Making it look stunning is another… For beauty and horror to come together is the thrill of Broken Night.”
About the Filmmakers
Guillermo Arriaga is a Mexican born author, screenwriter, director and producer. Self-defined as “a hunter who works as a writer,” Arriaga, known for his use of non-linear storytelling, authored critically acclaimed films such as Amores Perros, Babel and The Burning Plain, while receiving a BAFTA Best Screenplay nomination for 21 Grams and a 2005 Cannes Best Screenplay Award for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
Janusz Kaminski is one of the most recognizable names in modern cinematography today. Kaminski has been nominated for the Academy Award five times to date, winning the award twice. Highlights include the powerful historic drama Schindler’s List, and Amistad, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He next lensed Saving Private Ryan, for which he won his second Academy Award. After a pair of serious sci-fi offerings, Artificial Intelligence: AI and Minority Report, Kaminski moved to more light-hearted fare, Catch Me If You Can andThe Terminal. Kaminski returned to epic science fiction with War of the Worlds. The Academy Award-nominated Munich followed.
Kaminski also lensed the critically acclaimed film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly for which he received his fourth Academy Award nomination. In addition to the Oscar, Kaminski received a Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival, and the film was nominated for the Golden Palm. Next, Janusz shot War Horse. The film was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture, and also garnered Kaminski with his fifth Academy Award nomination. Kaminski’s latest film, Lincoln, a biographical portrait of the United States’ 16th president starring Daniel Day Lewis, has just released.
(cover photo credit: snap from the website)