Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Be the First Film Shot on RED 8K WEAPON Camera

Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first film ever shot using the RED 8K WEAPON digital video camera. The film’s director, James Gunn, discussed the decision on Facebook, revealing why he believes digital video give him an advantage over using traditional film stock; Gunn shot the previous Guardians of the Galaxy movie using the Alexa 65.

Gunn wrote on Facebook:

“When you’re shooting a film at the level of Guardians of the Galaxy, the cost of film vs. digital is negligible – for me it’s an aesthetic and creative choice.

Firstly, I believe when shooting on a format like the Red Weapon 8K or the Alexa 65, the amount of data is so massive – certainly more so than on a strip of film – that it gives you more freedom in production and post production to create exactly the film you want to create than actual film does. As anyone who has ever worked with me knows, I am a control freak. Such high resolution gives me the ability to control ever single bit of data (to do so would take a long time, but at least the knowledge comforts me). Many filmmakers look to essentially replicate the look of film, but I don’t share that interest. I believe that innovations in camera and shooting technologies as well as visual and practical effects gives us the ability to create a new aesthetic of film, one different from what the past has offered but equally beautiful – perhaps even more so. I respect many of the filmmakers who continue to shoot on film – and some of the most gorgeous movies of 2015 have been in that format. But I think sometimes that the love of actual film is based in nostalgia more than it is in objective beauty. Many filmmakers remember the films of their youth and want to replicate that magic. For me, I’m interested in being one of the many who help to create a new kind of magic that will usher the cinematic experience into the future. What will the children of today think of fondly with nostalgia?

And, yes, most filmmakers who have shot digital have underutilized the format. But with these new cameras their advantages are easier to see for everyone.

And there are three other reasons I chose this format:

1) It is easier to seamlessly incorporate massive amounts of visual, digital effects – including a digital tree and raccoon – into a digital base.
2) One of the ways I capture my actor’s performances is by doing massively long takes, over and over – sometimes up to an hour – much longer than your typical 11-minute reel of film. I find this a better way to capture the energy and rawness in a performance (and we get better outtakes of me yelling at Michael Rooker off-screen).
3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be utilizing another new technologies I’m very excited about but can’t quite go into yet. But, for this technology, you need a camera the small size of the RED Weapon – a film camera is too big, as is the Alexa 65 (which is also an amazing camera).”

The 8K WEAPON, priced around $70,000 for the basic unit, uses a Vista Vision-sized 8192×4320, 35-megapixel sensor, and can shoot 75 frames-per-second at 8K resolutions in RAW and ProRes formats simultaneously.

Marvel Phase 2 Collection Available For Pre-Order

Marvel have been releasing film after film, bringing together TV series, online series, and movies to create a rich and diverse universe. Marvel have called each set of films they aim to release (normally ending with a big film containing several of their heroes) a phase. With Marvel phase 2 recently over, the limited collector set is now available for pre-order and it impresses.

The first phase was what started it all, with Iron Man (1 and 2), the Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, all coming together in The Avengers as one of the biggest films ever seen before. As if this collection of amazing films wasn’t enough, they went further and created a collectors edition and we all know that nothing bad comes in collectors editions.

In this case, the Blu-ray’s (both 3D and 2D) came in sleeves that were hidden nicely within a metal case alongside Shield documentation on the Avengers Initiative. As if that wasn’t enough, the case also carried a replica Tesseract (Devices Of Ultimate Power supplied separately).

So why would we expect any less from the Phase 2 collection? With films like Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and the second Thor film carrying on strongly from the first, while the Guardians of the Galaxy join the universe and Ant-man being the latest to join. This time, your collection is ordained with the orb from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Being a huge marvel fan I own several films, but you can’t help but appreciate the effort and style found in the collectors editions. Do you buy collectors editions? Are they not worth the difference in price? Voice your opinions in the comments.

Chris Pratt’s Take on the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Is A Little Different

 

Chris Pratt who has starred in such films as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie has done his “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” and put his own little spin on it. He has done what I would like to think I would do in the circumstances and managed to have a few drinks whilst having ladies dowse me in water. What a legend! He was challenged by Disney CEO Bob Iger and actor Vincent D’Onofrio and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

Here is the video:

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For those who don’t know, the challenge is to dump buckets of ice cold water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Its actually getting some great exposure with people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg helping to raise awareness. It’s certainly becoming the next viral craze with celebrities and Youtube stars all jumping on board to help.  After they have dumped water over their heads, they are meant to nominate at least one other person to do the same, in the above video Chris nominated actors Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman and wrestler come actor Dave Bautista. Hopefully, even more of these will be done to raise awareness but I do hope that people do continue to try and make them as entertaining as possible.

Thanks to Jezebel for supplying us with this information.

Amazon and Disney Go Head to Head, Meaning No Pre-Order on Some Big Titles

Yet again Amazon are squabbling with a popular studio, a month or so ago, Amazon fell out with Warner Bros, refusing to put DVDs and Blue-Rays on pre-order for major titles such as Transcendence and 300: Rise of an Empire. They have also been having a dispute with the publisher Hachette. Now they are taking on Disney.

In what seems to be a dispute over money, Amazon don’t seem to be stocking any of Disneys new blockbusters. Thich means no pre-ordering Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD or Blu-Ray at the moment, the same can be seen for Maleficent, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppet’s Most Wanted. Amazon says that they are using these tactics to “Negotiate acceptable terms” and “keeping value high for its customers” Its a bold move by Amazon as surely if the items are not available customers will go elsewhere.

With this business practice becoming more popular with Amazon, is this now how they are going to be getting their own way? Essentially they are either making publishers and studios give in to their demands or lose a large part of their audience. Calling a truce will benefit both Amazon and Disney as both of them are set to make a lot of money from these large titles. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Thanks to Mozhile for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of Madfilm