As I'm learning more and more, directing films is really about making decisions. What kind of performance do you want out of your actors? How do you want to frame up the shot? Do you want to use music in the scene? The list goes on and on. Unfortunately, in my opinion, making these decisions can often be a lot more complicated and confusing than it needs to be.
Back when RED first announced their Scarlet camera it caught a lot of people's attention with the promise of 3k resolution for $3000. Before it was released I secretly hoped that they would keep their promise (even though I knew it was unlikely) so that I could buy two Scarlets to shoot Play It Safe. Well, as we found out at the end of last year, we didn't end up with 3k for $3000 (and consequently Jaque and I will be sticking with our trusty Canon DSLRs for Play It Safe). However, achieving 4k resolution even for around $20,000 is still a pretty big deal, and I've been following news of the camera with interest since it was officially announced and priced.
While some test footage came along pretty quickly after the announcement, the first actual films shot on a scarlet were only released in the last couple of weeks.
It can get pretty boring just watching test footage, and the teams behind these two shorts did a really great job of creating an engaging viewing experience as well as putting the camera through its paces.
With Koo's short "Pull Back" especially, you can really see how the Scarlet shines when compared to something like a DSLR. Overall, the footage looks razor-sharp and is totally free from issues like banding, moire, and rolling shutter that plague DSLR shooters.
Check out the shorts below and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments:
Directors: Koo & Rafi Rivero
Featuring: Harlan Short
Cinematographer: Timur Civan
Editors: Sasha Friedlander & Koo
Music: Milosz Jeziorski
Colour: Thomas Wong
MAYBE HE SHOULD HAVE TOLD HER CLOSER TO HOME
Director: Sebastian Woeber
Production Manager: ROSALIE HÜBL
Unit Manager: ROBI FAUSTMANN
Assistant Camera: RALF WOLTRON
Digital Imaging Technician: DAVID WAGNER
Sound: MICHAEL JELLASITZ
Margarethe: GABRIELA HÜTTER
Erich: WERNER WULTSCH
Camera virtuoso Philip Bloom recently posted a christmas shootout he did comparing a variety of large sensor cameras including the usual DSLRs (including the 7D, 5D, and a hacked Panasonic GH2), as well as camcorders like the Sony FS100 and the Panasonic AF100, and some more expensive ones like the Sony F3 and the new Canon C300.