ARRI CSC opens its doors for the ICG
Local 600 the International Cinematographers Guild recently held an ALEXA workshop at ARRI CSC's camera department in Secaucus, New Jersey.
After a breakfast reception ARRI Sales representatives Jürgen Schwinzer and Guenter Noesner gave a general introduction to ALEXA, explaining technical details and future upgrades of the camera.
The highlight of the morning session was a discussion with cinematographers Fred Elmes, ASC, and Mike Slovis, who presented footage from recent productions they shot with ALEXA.
"What really appeals to me about this camera is the image quality," commented Elmes. "They've managed to build an electronic digital camera that really captures that film look we know and love. The sensitometric curves of the digital image are very similar to what film does; they've done such a good job at capturing an image that's really familiar and that I feel good about. It's an image that I can still manipulate and do what I want with, but it's in the same ballpark as film."
The afternoon session focused on workflow. Attendees were organized into small groups that rotated between the ALEXA hands-on site and workflow seminars held by PostWorks NY and Deluxe NY.
Mike Slovis, who shot the Fox Network sitcom Running Wilde with ALEXA, said, "The thing I wanted to emphasize is that we had Local 600 crew. These were people that came up through film and within the first third of the first day we were up and running. The camera was very easy."
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