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Sony F55 Captures Extreme Skiing on Commercial Shoot

DP Tom Swindell writes about using the Sony F55 to capture extreme skiing for both a G-Shock Aviator Watches commercial and a piece documenting the behind-the-scenes action of the shoot.

He writes, "Shooting in such bright environments like the snow covered mountains, over exposure would normally be a concern, but using the S-log and the accurate Peaking function the F55 gave me confidence and control."

Read the full story here on Sony's site.

 

 

Sony F55 Offers Documentarians Simultaneous 4K and HD Recording

In a new video on Sony's site, producer Olivier Chiabodo and cameraman Laurent Célarié explain why using the Sony F55 to shoot a documentary project was beneficial because it meant having access to sumultaneous 4K and HD footage.

Says Célarié, "We used the F55 for several reasons. The first reason, it is possible to shoot in two formats simultaneously, recording both heritage shots and fast news clips for quick viewing."

See it here.

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Shooting Raw with the Sony F55 and R5 Recorder

Matt Allard of News Shooter writes up his experiences shooting raw with the Sony F55 and R5 recorder.

Sony F55 vs. ARRI Alexa vs. Blackmagic Cinema Camera vs. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

In pre-production for a new television series, cinematographer John Brawley did a camera test pitting the Sony F55 against the ARRI Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

Free Sony F5 and Sony F55 Master Class, March 5, NY

Sony is running a free DIT and Camera Operator Master Class in New York City on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Instructor Dhaendra Patel, head of Engineering and Training at Sony Digital Motion Picture Center, will go over the technical aspects of the Sony F5 and F55. Topics covered will include camera operations, dynamic range, sensitivity, 3D LUTs, frame image scan, data rate and more.

Read more here.

 

Crime, Punishment and Cinematography: Going Behind the Scenes of 'The Blacklist'

The Blacklist is setting records for NBC this season. Two months into its run, NBC Universal execs said the series was the most-watched new NBC drama in nearly 20 years. The fact that it has also been setting records for DVR playback (as many as 6.5 million viewers per episode) is icing on the cake for the freshman FBI crime drama from Davis Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Also significant, the series is shot entirely in 4K.

Shooting High Frame Rate with the Sony F55

Juliet McNally gives a quick overview of how to get the desired frame rate with a Sony F55.

She writes, "With the latest 3.0 firmware update, Sony has given users the ability to shoot a variety of high frame rates, but many people are still a bit confused about how to get to their desired frame rate. I’ve created a flow chart to help de-mystify the process, but first, let’s go over the menu options needed."

Read the full story here.

Back to School: Capturing the Diverse and Dynamic Visuals of 'Community'

The return of show creator Dan Harmon as executive producer/showrunner and the exit of actor Chevy Chase are not the only changes on NBC’s Community for 2014, the show’s fifth season. Returning cinematographer Gary Hatfield also changed production formats, switching from shooting the series on the ARRI Alexa to Sony’s F55.

Behind-the-Scenes of a Sony F55 Shoot

In the below video, Magnanimous Media goes behind-the-scenes of their short film "Driftwood," shot with the Sony F55.

Says producer Scott Regan, "We're pretty excited to see how this camera performs and to put it through its paces today."

Watch below.

Here is the completed short film.

Muse Filmed 4K Concert with 16 Sony F55s

This past summer, 16 Sony F55 cameras were used to film a Muse concert making it the largest 4K multi-camera live concert ever recorded.

Watch a short video about how it all came together below.

Sony CineAlta Forum with Alister Chapman, December 4, NY

Cinematographer Alister Chapman will be the guest speaker at Sony's December Cine Alta forum and he will be discussing the F5 and F55 cameras. Chapman has been using the cameras for both documentary style shooting and TV commercials. In this session he will focus on how to get the best out of the cameras.

The Forum is taking place on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC. Sign up here.

Single Candle Tests with RED Epic, ARRI Alexa, Sony F65 and F55 and Canon 1DC

Cinematography Mailing List has posted images from the ultimate low-light test. Their single candle tests feature images captured by the ARRI Alexa, RED Epic, Sony F65 and F55 and the Canon 1DC.

See it here.

Fashion and 4K Fuse at Tory Burch Show

During New York’s Fashion Week in September, the Tory Burch Spring 2014 Collection became the first runway show to be captured in 4K.

Sony Electronics and Tory Burch partnered on this effort in which the collection was shot with Sony F55 cameras in 4K. The 4K recordings will be used to promote the collection in select venues. “With 4K viewing, our customers will be able to experience the collection in extraordinary detail,” says Miki Berardelli, chief marketing officer at Tory Burch.

 

 

 

 

 

A Guide to Using the Dual HD and 4K Recording Option on the Sony F55

Andy Shipsides of AbelCine discusses the Sony F55's dual recording feature and best practices for using it.

Shooting Documentaries with the Sony FS700, F5 and F55

In this 45-minute presentation from Cine Gear 2013, cinematographer David Leitner discusses shooting documentaries with the Sony NEX-FS700, PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, with particular focus on shooting handheld.

Watch below.

Storm Chasing with the Sony F5 and F55

In the below hour-long video documentary, filmmaker Alister Chapman discusses storm-chasing with the Sony F5 and Sony F55 and discusses the cameras' features and workflows.

Watch below.

Alexa vs. C300 vs. F55 in Low-Light

Cinematographer Thomas Ch. Weber shares his results of a low-light test shoot done with the ARRI Alexa, Canon C300, and Sony F55.

A Workflow for Simultaneous Raw and HD Recording on the Sony F55

Andy Shipsides of AbelCine provides a video tutorial for recording simultaneously in raw and HD on the Sony F55 (which can also apply to the F5).

Says Shipsides, ""This is a great option because it means I can edit my HD material in a nice small format. And then when I'm done editing send that into a color grading application for high quality 4K output."

Watch the two-part tutorial below.

Filmmakers Give Their First Impressions of the Sony F55

Filmmakers and cinemtographers like Philip Bloom, Nino Leitner, Steven Lawes, and more give their first impressions of the Sony F55.

Says Bloom, "It’s a very well thought out camera with a great OLED viewfinder and form factor. I love the modularity of it and the image is exceptional – it’s detailed and sensitive with a lovely noise structure.”

Read the full story here on the Sony blog.

Behind the Scenes of Sony's Epic 4K Commercial

Sony takes us behind the scene of their epic 4K TV commercial, shot on the F65 and F55 by Oscar-winning Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda.

Sony F55: 'The Best of Both Worlds'

DP Jendra Jarnagin writes up her experiences testing out the Sony F55 for a new feature she's shooting called A Bet's a Bet. She writes, "Prior to this camera, I felt the Sony F65 made the best images, and that the ARRI Alexa was the best all around camera to use, when all things were considered. (In other words, in many production situations, the tradeoffs of using the F65 were not worth the increase in image quality when so many other cameras look so good.) I so far feel like this camera is the best of both worlds, with serious plusses and so far no minuses that I can find or think of. I expect seriously fast adoption of this camera as the new professional camera of choice."

Sony F55 Review & Music Video 'DEJA – Struck by the light'

Nino Leitner of Ninofilm.net writes: The music video for “DEJA – Struck by the Light” came around at the right time to make it a camera test for the brand-new Sony F55. The target audience for the song are teenage girls, and I think few of my readers fall into this target group, so I don’t blame you if the music is not for you – but if it is, please support the artist Deja by buying the song via iTunes or Amazon.

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Alister Chapman Delves into the Features of the Sony F5 and F55

In this presentation from NAB 2013, DP Alister Chapman talks about what he's learned about the features of the Sony F5 and F55 from the sensor to color grading. Watch below.

How to Configure the Sony F55 to Be a Studio Camera

Sony's Keith Vidger shows how to configure the Sony F55 to become a 4K studio camera via a CA-4000 camera adapter. Watch below. (via Cinescopophilia)

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