One of the crucial well-known movie festivals of the world – the Cannes movie competition – opened its gates final week. Let’s check out what cameras had been used on the premiered movies.
Cannes! The movie competition in France is understood for its extremely acclaimed movie premieres, and this yr is not any exception. As a result of pandemic, the competition couldn’t happen final yr, however this yr it’s, and with Spike Lee because the host.
However because you’re studying this on CineD, I suppose movie tech is considerably essential to you, proper? Deep down we’re nerds yearning for the most recent and best digicam and lens gems. So what can we be envious about this time? What cameras did the filmmakers premiering their movies in Cannes? Perhaps one thing uncommon, like a smartphone, a videotape digicam? Or did they follow the great outdated ALEXA Mini like the previous few years?
ALEXA Mini takes the lead in Cannes lineup – once more
Nicely, sure to each. It’s no shock that the ALEXA Mini nonetheless takes the lead, being utilized in 20 of 52 movies. It’s been round for over 6 years now (the ALEV III sensor was launched over 11 years in the past), nevertheless it nonetheless holds up fairly effectively with newer cameras. ARRI nonetheless takes the crown, as a result of aside from the Sony VENICE used on 6 productions, 4 out of the highest 5 cameras in Cannes 2021 movies are all made by the German producer (ALEXA Mini, ARRICAM, ARRI 416, ARRI Mini LF).
Although, just a few new cameras joined the record this yr: Sony VENICE, Sony FX9, ARRI ALEXA Mini LF, the Panasonic S1H, and – if you wish to depend that in – the iPhone X and 11 Professional.
“Zero Fucks Given” was the film that made use of the Panasonic S1H, a fairly fashionable and comparatively reasonably priced digicam rivaling the Sony a7S III. DoP Olivier Boonjing selected it for the scale and high quality combo. They usually used the iPhone 11 Professional for some scenes as effectively.
Additionally, utilizing analog movie received fashionable once more. With a few quarter of the premiering movies being shot on movie inventory, it’s no shock we discover numerous 35mm, 16mm, and Tremendous 8mm cameras within the lineup. A bit extra uncommon these days is using videotape, on this case, Video8 to be precise. Moreover an ALEXA Mini and ALEXA XT, DoP Germain McMicking used a Sony Video8 for some stylistic photographs of his characteristic movie “Nitram”.
6 totally different cameras in a single movie, together with an analog stills digicam
In all probability the funkiest mixture of cameras used on this yr’s choice goes to “Mariner of the Mountains” and its DoP Juan Sarmiento G. They used a Canon C300, a Sony a7S, a Canon 814 XL-S Tremendous 8mm digicam, the Canon AE1 Program 35mm analog stills digicam, the iPhone X and the FUJIFILM X100F. Sure, you heard proper, stills cameras. The documentary was filled with various codecs, together with analog and digital stills from the latter three cams.
Sarmiento G. instructed IndieWire:
This movie is a sci-fi cine-memoir. Our crew in Algeria consisted of three individuals (Karim, myself and a fixer). We shot the movie on many various codecs, analog and digital, on the lookout for what our intestine instructed us was the precise factor to do at any particular time. I bear in mind letting the C300 roll on a tripod, taking pictures S8mm ektachrome in parallel and taking analogue and digital stills whereas Karim shot on the Sony as his “pen-camera,” which I additionally usually took into my fingers, specifically when it turned darkish.
You’ll be able to check out the total record of cameras and lenses used on IndieWires post.
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