Film Cameras and Sound Recording

In the post digital revolution age in cinematography, the quality of a project is not only defined by 35mm film print and lesser quality alternatives. The last 15 years has seen digital filmmaking overtake traditional analogue cameras that used to be seen as the highest quality cameras on the market and the only thing fitting for high-end advertising campaigns and Hollywood blockbusters.

This change began with established filmmakers in England like Danny Boyle who decided to shoot a high budget feature film digitally that allowed a range of camera angles and set ups in films like ‘28 Days Later‘ that otherwise would not be possible in analogue filmmaking. Across the pond at the same time, American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez also decided to also shoot an A-list cast in a film shot digitally for cinemas in 2003: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mexico’.

However at this time the quality of digital filmmaking that was in the form of mini DV tapes was still no match to 25 frames per second analogue filmmaking. Over time the novelty of digital filmmaking wore off, as the pro’s still did not out weigh the cons for many distributers. With the Internet revolution-taking place they were aware that the cinema experience needed to be as rich as possible for customers, who were suddenly being exposed to a wealth of content online for free.

Film studios needed a way to differentiate the cinema experience from this and using the highest resolution cameras was one way they could do it.

The year 2010 saw digital filmmaking in the cinema make a come back by David Fincher’s highly acclaimed‘ The Social Network’. The film was shot digitally onto the RED One. Unlike the features that came before this that had moved over to digital, ‘The Social Network’ did not have the low resolution Mini DV tape, low budget look those audiences had to come to expect of digital filmmaking. The film marked a point in history that many high end blockbusters have followed since of filming digitally onto a medium that was not of a similar standard to quality but an to 35mm film.

As technology has evolved online social streaming sites such as Vimeo and Wistia began to support the high-resolution playback from professional digital camera’s. At BaseTouch we only shoot on high quality professional digital cameras that are of ‘Cinema Standard’. Our camera’s range from Super 35mm image sensor: Sony NEX Fs700 and the PxwFs7. As well as the Canon Super 35mm range: Canon Cinema Eos C100 and Canon cinema Eos C500. To our high-end range that includes RED Epic, Sony PMW F55 Cine Alta and Arri Alexa. We have a large lens kit for every shooting scenario and ‘look’. These include a range of zoom lenses, Canon and Zeiss prime lenses and Red Pro Prime lenses, to name but a few.

Each project requires a unique piece of audio recording kit specific to the shot type and location. Our expertly trained Sound Recordist’s are used to working with radio microphones as well as a boom operator and a portable sound mixer. To make sure the sound recorded on the shoot is always of the highest quality possible, whether that is in a Soho studio or on location in a rural or urban area.


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