11-29-2022 - News
There’s Something Shot on VENICE for Everyone This November: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Blonde and The English Now Available
By: SonyCine Team
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Opening weekend for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is here and already making quite the splash (If you know, you know). Directed by Ryan Coogler and shot by Autumn Durald Arkapaw, ASC, this film follows the next story in Wakanda’s adventures and they mourn the death of King T'Challa and fight to protect their home from intervening world powers.
The film was shot on VENICE paired with Panavision T-Series lenses expanded for full-frame coverage. The movie opened with the biggest November release of all time, earning more than $180 million in its opening weekend and more than $330 million globally. Critics are saying “its emotional undercurrents run deeper than any Marvel movie.” (IndieWire)
The film and its director of photography Autumn Durald Arkapaw ASC have been mentioned as favorites for a Best Cinematography Oscar mention.
Another movie earning rave reviews during the run up to awards season is “Blonde.” Directed by Andrew Dominik and shot by Chayse Irvin ASC, CSC, “Blonde” boldly reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, exploring the split between her public and private selves.
Variety recently recounted, “the physical transformation into Marilyn Monroe is undoubtedly one of the film’s highlights, as the “Blonde” team is able to recreate iconic images from classics such as “The Seven Year Itch” and “Some Like It Hot.” But it wasn’t just actress Ana de Armas’ physical transformation but also the work behind the camera. Irvin stunningly recreated Monroe’s iconic looks of the 1950s, and instead of shooting the color portions of the movie on a film camera from the era - Irvin chose to shoot using a modern digital cinema camera - the Sony VENICE.
Blonde has been mentioned as a possible favorite for awards nominations.
“The English” joins the latest series to launch on Prime Video, a streamer that is constantly becoming a contender against other streaming platforms like Netflix. This beautiful, yet heartbreaking Western mini-series takes the core themes of identity and revenge to tell a uniquely compelling parable on race, power, and love.
“The English” was directed by Hugo Blick and shot by Arnau Valls Colomer, AEC. This mini-series was also shot on VENICE with Panavision anamorphic lenses. The series is making headlines for its mesmerizing look. In fact, The Guardian proclaimed “This brutal, beautiful tale of the Old West is all oil-dark humour, elite-level acting and gorgeous, lingering wide shots. It’s so fresh it makes you wonder if we’ve only just scratched the genre’s surface.”
SonyCine recently sat down with Colomer who shared that the series was shot in Spain and he shared more on the look of the series and his experience with the VENICE.
“In ‘The English’ we tried to do a contemporary version of a classic technicolor western. The Sony VENICE’s high dynamic range allowed us to maintain excellent color separation to bring our technicolor look to life.” The result is captivating color and a beautiful combination. “The English” is available to stream now on Prime Video.