Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2K is still compelling

On my drive into the office I'm often listening to media related podcasts like TWIM, Red Centre, and Filmspotting. Today's drive I was catching up on Filmspotting podcast episode #235, which opens with a nice review of Slumdog Millionaire, the latest feature from Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, etc.) Now I knew this was Silicon Imaging SI-2K project, shoot as CineForm RAW, but other than that I've been too busy to learn anything more about. Filmspotting is a film review show, so not a techno-geek-out fest like Red Centre or elements of TWIM, so you never hear them talk about cameras, but after raves for the story, acting, narrative structure, there where high praises for the cinematography, amazed that is was digitally acquired and the types of shots where able to get in India, commenting "you do not film in the streets of Mumbai...you are taking your life into your own hands, and they actually did." Clearly this points to the huge advantage of a 2K camera with a real 11 stops of dynamic range at the size of deck of tarot cards. Yet this is "only" a super-16mm equivalent sensor, proving again that making a film has very little to do with megapixels and sensor size. Now I'll have to see the film, as it is getting a 92% freshness rating over on rottentomatoes.com.

1 comment:

David said...

Interesting Stats on Slumdog's success.