James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment is to use Sony’s new Venice motion picture camera system on his upcoming Avatar sequels.
“The Venice camera delivers the most astonishing image I’ve ever seen,” said director James Cameron, “The blacks are rich, deep and velvety, the highlights and source lights are amazingly bright. For the first time, we truly appreciate what the term High Dynamic Range means.”
While principal photography on the Avatar sequels is expected to begin first quarter of 2019, performance capture is underway now.
The process is supported by a variety of additional Sony imaging technologies including multiple Alpha mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, PXW-Z450 and PXW-320camcorders and the compact RX0 camera. The production is also using Sony’s F55 and Alpha cameras to record behind-the-scenes footage and stills.
Sony worked closely with Lightstorm to customize Venice for its specific needs, with regular meetings taking place between James Cameron, his production teams and Sony’s engineering group.
Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics, said: “For Avatar, Venice will be put to use in very demanding environments. The camera’s Full Frame sensor gives them complete flexibility and freedom to choose aspect ratios, various bokeh and lenses that match their shooting requirements.”
The first Avatar movie was released in 2009 and became a huge box office hit. It also shot on Sony professional cameras.
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