Jun. 7, 2019

ARRI’s CPO Program put to the test on “Psychosynthesis”

ARRI Approved Certified Pre‑Owned Program has been field-tested and is getting rave reviews. Director Noam Kroll shares his experiences.

Jun. 7, 2019

LA based filmmaker, Noam Kroll has worked in the film and television industry in many different capacities over the years, but primarily as a director, cinematographer and colorist. His latest picture, “Psychosynthesis,” tells the story of a young mother, Alice, who receives a heart transplant after being sick for many years. Her life has been saved, however, after the surgery, she begins to take on her donor's personality traits and memories, leading her down a haunting path of self-discovery.

For this ambitious project, Kroll wanted to work with an ARRI ALEXA camera. He explains, “I have always been amazed by the ARRI ALEXA’s ability to capture perfectly accurate skin tones under virtually any type of lighting. No other camera I have shot on is able to even come close to the ALEXA in this respect, which speaks volumes about ARRI’s superior imaging technology.”

Given the budget constraints on the project, Kroll had to find an economical solution without compromising on the film’s image quality. Christian Richter, Manager Certified Pre‑Owned Camera Systems at ARRI, was able to match Kroll up with an ALEXA out of ARRI Approved Certified Pre‑Owned Program. ARRI’s CPO Program is a global initiative offering select, pre-owned and refurbished camera systems at an affordable price. This cost-effective access to ARRI technology allows for a greater number of filmmakers and institutions to work with the award-winning ALEXA camera system.

Kroll was very pleased with the results of his CPO camera. He comments “ARRI’s CPO program is opening the door for low-budget filmmakers to achieve big-budget results—Never before has it been possible for a micro-budget feature to look so polished.”

In terms of production on “Psychosynthesis,” Kroll admired various features filmmakers have come to expect from ARRI equipment. He recalls, “Even though our shooting schedule was very tight, our production quality never suffered thanks to our CPO ALEXA. It’s incredible dynamic range, highlight roll off, and color science made it possible to achieve stunning results even in the most challenging circumstances.” He goes more into detail: “Thanks to the unparalleled color science and image quality my CPO ALEXA delivered, we were able to move extremely quickly on set while still maximizing image quality. Everything from lighting to color correction was simplified, leaving our team with more time to be creative both on set and in the edit.”

Noam Kroll and his team just finished wrapping up filming this past spring and are currently working on festival submissions. Kroll was happy to have the chance to test drive ARRI’s CPO Program. He left us with: “Our ARRI ALEXA Plus 4:3 was an absolute treat to work with on “Psychosynthesis,” and I can’t wait to see what other filmmakers do with their CPO cameras too.”

Projects come in all shapes and sizes. ARRI is dedicated to bringing top-notch quality not only to the feature blockbusters but also to smaller projects and budgets.

With the CPO Program, filmmakers can be sure that they are not sacrificing performance for price.

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Photos: Noam Kroll (director), Matteo Bertoli (cinematographer)