ARRI at Camerimage 2014

ARRI has enjoyed another successful visit to Bydgoszcz for the annual Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, hosting a series of popular events and celebrating the fact that many films shot with ARRI cameras and lenses were recognized with awards.

In the main competition the Golden Frog was awarded to Mikhail Krichman, RCG, for his work with ARRICAM cameras and ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses on director Andrey Zvyagintsev's film LEVIATHAN, a bleak but compelling study of Russian political corruption.

LEVIATHAN trailer

LEVIATHAN, from director Andrey Zvyagintsev, is a gripping parable of class, faith and corruption in modern Russia. It was shot with ARRICAM cameras and ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses by DP Mikhail Krichman, RCG, who won the Golden Frog at Camerimage 2014 for his efforts.

Cinematographer Ehab Assal took the Silver Frog for OMAR, directed by Hany Abu-Assad and captured with ALEXA, as well as ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime lenses. Shooting the film to a challenging schedule in refugee camps on the West Bank, Assal had to make rapid switches from handheld to tripod operation and deal with fast-changing available light. "I wanted a camera that could hold it together without checking on monitors or any system. We didn't even have a post place checking our material; I did not have dailies," he says. "I needed a camera to trust and I did trust the ALEXA."

The Bronze Frog went to André Turpin for his efforts on Canadian director Xavier Dolan's MOMMY, which was shot with ARRICAM cameras and Master Prime lenses, and earlier this year was awarded a Jury Prize in the main competition at Cannes. Turpin notes, "I like very sharp, crunchy, crispy images...the more I do films the more I like simple, naturalistic images of quality...the Master Primes give me extreme quality images. They don't flare badly, they're all identical...I have confidence when I bring them to T1.3."

OMAR trailer

Cinematographer Ehab Assal took the Silver Frog at Camerimage 2014  for OMAR, directed by Hany Abu-Assad and captured with ALEXA, as well as ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime lenses.

60% of the feature films and 55% of the music videos in competition at Camerimage this year were shot with ARRI cameras and a significant proportion were captured with ALEXA.

 

Awards going to ALEXA-shot productions included the Best Cinematography Debut, which went to Niels Thastum, DFF for WHEN ANIMALS DREAM; Best 3D Feature Film, which went to Thomas Hardmeier, AFC for THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET; and Best Music Video, which went to Larkin Seiple for TURN DOWN FOR WHAT by DJ Snake & Lil Jon.

British cinematographer Robbie Ryan, BSC, ICS was awarded Best Cinematography in a Music Video for his work on IRON SKY by Paolo Nutini, which he shot with an ARRIFLEX 235 camera and Master Prime lenses.

MOMMY trailer

The Bronze Frog at Camerimage 2014 went to DP André Turpin for his work on Canadian director Xavier Dolan's MOMMY, which was shot with ARRICAM cameras and Master Prime lenses, and earlier in 2014 was awarded a Jury Prize in the main competition at Cannes.

ARRI camera and lighting workshops were presented by cinematographers Phedon Papamichael, ASC; Stijn Van der Veken, ASC, SBC; and Johann Perry with Neil Harvey. A special workshop was held to preview the ALEXA 65 camera from ARRI Rental, featuring the first public recording and image processing of 65 mm ARRIRAW images, as well as live creation of a 4K DCP.

 

The ALEXA 65 also featured at ARRI's Big Screen Experience, a new event at this year's festival and one that drew over 900 attendees, all keen to see show reels shot with ARRI cameras and lenses projected onto a full-size cinema screen.

 

As usual, ARRI hosted a large-scale and highly popular party, where award nominees were presented with their nominations. We offer sincere thanks to the festival organisers as well as to our cinematographer guests, and congratulations to all the winners.