Offering a complete large-format solution for high-end motion pictures, the ALEXA 65 system comprises a 65 mm digital cinema camera, custom-designed prime and zoom lenses, and fast, efficient workflow tools. Interest in the system has spread rapidly, with leading filmmakers pressing to use it on major feature films and IMAX announcing that it has selected the ALEXA 65 platform as its digital option for 2D IMAX productions.
Available exclusively through ARRI Rental, the ALEXA 65 has already been supplied to numerous high-profile projects, some using it as the main unit camera throughout production and others using it as a specialist camera for sequences that require extreme levels of image quality. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," shot by Greig Fraser ACS, ASC, has been utilizing the ALEXA 65 as its main unit A, B and C-cameras. Before that, Stuart Dryburgh ASC, NZCS captured with ALEXA 65 on "The Great Wall," using it as his A and B-cameras on main unit.
The first production to use the ALEXA 65 and to hit theaters was "Mission Impossible -- Rogue Nation." While the movie was shot primarily on 35 mm film by Robert Elswit ASC, a major underwater sequence was captured with ALEXA 65 cameras and Prime 65 lenses in HydroFlex housings by Pete Romano ASC, who comments, "The ALEXA 65 delivers visually and technically astonishing images. It is a significant leap forward for the art of cinema storytelling."
The ALEXA 65/Prime 65 camera and lens combination has proven very successful on other feature films too. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki ASC, AMC used the combination during filming of "The Revenant," stating, "The ALEXA 65 camera and lenses helped us express how we felt when we were there: in the forest, in the snow, the subtle changes of natural light, the motion of the clouds streaming above the mountains -- all essential elements in the fabric of the story that we couldn't otherwise have conveyed."