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Intro image for article DP Lucas Gath on Creating Two Distinct Looks for “Rap Sh!t” with the Sony VENICE & Extension Unit
Client Profiles
Recently, we asked Cinematographer Lucas Gath about his work on Rap Sh!t and how the Sony VENICE and the VENICE Extension Unit (informally, known as “Rialto”) helped him create two different looks for the show. The new HBO comedy series from executive producer Issa Rae follows two women trying to make it as a rap group in Miami.
Intro image for article Creating a Hybrid Look for "The Daily Show" with Sony VENICE
Client Profiles
Given the inordinate amount of change that rattled every industry with the arrival of COVID, the entertainment industry had to pivot as well, while continuing to provide entertainment for a world that was on lockdown. No longer allowed to be out in the world, programs like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah strove to continue to bring the world to viewers at home.
Intro image for article Adele’s One Night Only: Cinematic Multi-Cam with Sony VENICE and AbelCine
Client Profiles
AbelCine recently supported the live recording of pop sensation Adele’s One Night Only television special, which aired simultaneously on CBS and Paramount+ in November 2021. Directed by Paul Dugdale, who received the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement (Variety – Specials) the live-to-tape concert special debuted new material from the hit singer’s latest album, 30.
Intro image for article An In-Depth Look at the Sony VENICE 2 Digital Cinema Camera
Tutorials & Guides
In this blog, I sit down with Simon Marsh, VENICE Product Manager at Sony, and Tim Nagasawa, DIT, for a comprehensive first-look at the recently-announced Sony VENICE 2 digital cinema camera.
Intro image for article Sony Announces New VENICE 2 Digital Cinema Camera
Tech News
Sony has announced a new version of their flagship full frame VENICE camera, VENICE 2. VENICE 2 shares much in common with the existing VENICE body, while bringing a host of new features and advantages, including an 8.6K sensor version (a 6K sensor version, as on the original VENICE is also available; both are full frame), true internal RAW and ProRes recording to AXS media, 16 stops of dynamic range, and new dual native ISOs of 800 and 3200.
Intro image for article American Utopia: A Conversation with Ellen Kuras, ASC
Client Profiles
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Ellen Kuras, ASC to discuss her work as the cinematographer on David Byrne's American Utopia, a concert film directed by Spike Lee.
Intro image for article Evaluating the Sony FX9 and VENICE Sensors
Tutorials & Guides
Since the release of Sony's PXW-FX9 digital cinema camera, we've gotten a lot of questions from clients about how it compares to Sony's flagship cinema camera, the VENICE. Now that Sony has released major firmware updates for both cameras (2.01 for the FX9 and 6.0 for the VENICE), we thought now would be a good opportunity to compare their capabilities, particularly in terms of each camera’s sensor.
Intro image for article Sony Releases Firmware Version 6.0 for VENICE
Tools, Charts & Downloads
Sony has released the highly-anticipated firmware version 6.0 for their VENICE camera, which brings with it the new Advanced Rendering Transform color management system (‘ART’), expanded top-end frame rates, a new frame lines interface with options for multi-format shooting, and more.
Intro image for article Sony VENICE Captures the Action on the Latest Season of Last Chance U
Client Profiles
We sat down with DP Terry Zumalt and 1st AC Devin Keebler on Netflix's Last Chance U, a series that follows players from junior college football teams as they compete to reach the next level.