RGV shoots Department with RED & 5D cameras
Ram Gopal Varma is one film maker who is always keen to use new technology for making films. He introduced the steady-cam in his debut film Shiva, where he put in 6-track sound design also.
RGV tested Canon EOS 5D digital SLR cameras by making a low cost comedy film Dongala Mutta. He perfected the use of 5D with the filming of the murder mystery Not A Love Story. More confident of the technology, he is now shooting Department, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati.
For filming Department, RGV is using RED One and 5D cameras. The Big B recently tweeted: “But yes ‘Department’ of RGV does not have a DOP, or special lights reflectors, trolleys etc … an experience by itself ..”
The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels of resolution at an affordable price of $3,299 USD. It is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame digital SLR and features Canon’s proprietary DIGIC II Image Processor allows users to shoot up to 3 frames per second; record up to 60 full-resolution JPEGs and 17 RAW images in a single burst. The camera includes a new 9-point AF system with six supplemental AF points for fast and precise focusing
Red One, which can record at resolutions up to 4,096 horizontal by 2,304 vertical pixels, directly to flash or disk storage. It features a single Super 35-sized CMOS sensor and a cinematography industry standard PL mount and a new 2.5-inch LCD/TFT screen with 230,000 pixels that’s viewable even at extreme angles.
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