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12-07-2020 - Case Study, Gear, Technology

American Utopia: Ellen Kuras, ASC on the Sony VENICE

By: SonyCine Team

Megan Donnelly of AbelCine talks with cinematographer Ellen Kuras, ASC (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Betrayal) about how she used the Sony VENICE on David Byrne's American Utopia. AbelCine provided the full camera and terminal package, and they'll be releasing a longer version of their interview with Ellen soon.


David Byrne’s American Utopia brings the critically acclaimed Broadway show to HBO in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, David Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount.


David Byrne's American Utopia is now streaming on HBO Max:


David Byrne's American Utopia (2020): Official Trailer | HBO

David Byrne and Ellen Kuras, ASC

Frame grab from the film

VENICE on Steadicam

David Byrne in action

Ellen with director Spike Lee

Crane helping capture the action

Frame grab from the film

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