In a post at Reduser.net, John Schwartzman (ARMAGEDON ), Director of Photography on Columbia Pictures still-untitled Spider-Man film, revealed the film began shooting on Monday, December 6th, using RED Epics; new digital cameras configured to capture the images in High Definition 3-D.
Today was Epic, Monday December 6 marks the first day the Red Epic camera was used to shoot a major studio motion picture. I can say for certainty the camera does exist, and boy is it ready for primetime, as a matter of fact it’s a true game changer. We shot in 3D with 4 Epics mounted on 2 3ality TS-5 rigs today, we did 22 set ups, including running high speed and the images look stunning! …For the first time in digital cinematography, small size doesn’t come with a resolution penalty, as a matter of fact there isn’t a higher resolution camera available other than IMAX, and this one weighs 5lbs with an ultra prime on it, suddenly 3D isn’t a 100 lb beast! We had the cameras on dollies and a libra head today and we flew the 3D rig like it was an Arri 435. You guys told me you could do it in September and here we are today, Congratulations.
I am lighting by eye except that I’ve had to re-train myself to work at lower light levels because the camera is so sensitive. The images we made today were stunning, rich beautiful color and the resolution of a vistavision camera all in a package the size of a Hasselblad 501.
…. I can tell you without these cameras it would be impossible to move a 3D rig in the ways that THIS story demands, if Jim (ED. Note: Jim Jannard, head of RED Cameras) and the crew hadn’t made these cameras available to us I don’t think we could have shot this movie the way our director envisioned it in 3D. Guys, you’ve trusted me to take these out on their maiden voyage and I can tell you that after today I won’t let you down.”
Looks as though Marc Webb’s Spider-Man production will be the first feature to use the cameras, which only debuted in April of this year, and faced some technical and manufacturing hurdles.
Peter Jackson, an early proponent of RED’s other HD cameras, has ordered 30 RED Epics to shoot a real epic; his 3-D, two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s THE HOBBIT.