The latest film from the production company Overbrook Entertainment and acclaimed director M. Night Shyamalan, “After Earth,” scheduled for release next year by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures, is the first major motion picture to be shot using Sony’s F65 CineAlta digital production camera.
Shyamalan commented, “I couldn’t be any happier with the F65, which is amazing since I’m a ‘film guy’ and I thought I’d die a ‘film guy.’ It’s a digital media that’s warm and has humanity in it which is obviously the most important thing to me.”
“The F65 is like a great leap forward,” said director of photography, Peter Suschitzky. “As soon as I did testing of the F65, I was immensely impressed by the amount of detail it captures, by its incredible flexibility, from low lights to high lights, and its great contrast range. It really is a camera for the future and I’m going to use it again on a number of films.”
In January 2012, Sony began worldwide deliveries of the F65 camera to meet the demand from production professionals. According to the company, approximately 400 units were pre-ordered, and several other productions are also planned to be shot with the F65.
“This movie is the perfect first project for the F65,” said Alec Shapiro, senior vice president at Sony Electronics.
The F65 camera’s 8K image sensor, with approximately 20 total megapixels, offers higher image fidelity than any other digital cinema production camera, the company claims. With 16-bit Linear RAW file output capability, the F65 creates the gateway to an end-to-end 4K file-based mastering workflow.
In response to the interest in Sony’s new F65 CineAlta camera from the filmmaking community, Sony Pictures Studios plans to host workshops on digital workflows supporting the F65.
The workshops, beginning in March, are designed to educate qualified directors, cinematographers and other film industry professionals. It was announced today, Feb. 29.