This is the first Hollywood feature film shot on a full frame mirrorless camera

Dec 4, 2018

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This is the first Hollywood feature film shot on a full frame mirrorless camera

Dec 4, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Last year, the first commercial-quality footage of the Earth from outer space was shot on a Sony Alpha a7S II. And now, the same camera was used for the first ever Hollywood feature-length movie shot on a full-frame mirrorless. A new horror thriller The Possession of Hannah Grace was not shot on a high-end movie camera but on a $2,200 Sony mirrorless.

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The executive producer Glenn S. Gainor explained that the gear had to fit both the crew’s schedule and budget. Since the Sony A7S II is a full-frame camera and shoots in 4K, it ended up being the final choice. Gainor added that he’d had a relationship with Vantage, so they put together the camera and Vantage anamorphic lenses and filmed a feature-length movie as no one has done so far.

No Film School writes that the crew used Hawk 65 lenses to apply a 1.3x squeeze for all of the shots. This way, they achieved a 2:40:1 widescreen image on the camera’s 16:9 sensor. They used six different lenses, ranging from 40mm to 95mm. What I find interesting is that the team also had six cameras: a dedicated Sony Alpha a7S II for each lens. I mean, it’s still cheaper than RED or Alexa, and I suppose it made the workflow faster and more efficient.

I haven’t watched The Possession of Hannah Grace, but I can only see that it isn’t showing a stellar performance with 11% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.3/10 on IMDb. But judging from the trailer, the Sony a7s II and the crew did a great job when it comes to filming and directing.

This reminded me of Tangerine, the first-ever feature-length movie shot on an iPhone. The phone that was used to film it ended up in a museum. So, who knows, maybe we’ll see one of these a7S’s in a museum, too.

[via No Film School]

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2 responses to “This is the first Hollywood feature film shot on a full frame mirrorless camera”

  1. Daniel Scott Avatar
    Daniel Scott

    Doubtful. Plenty of films would have been shot like this, in part or full. Most just don’t advertise the cameras they use.

  2. Doug Avatar
    Doug

    This is extremely misleading to those of us who own an a7siii. You can find a “making of” video on YouTube re: this shoot and they may be using the a7’s body, but they have it rigged up to a Hawk 60,000 dollar lens as well as a lot of other very expensive production equipment. Show me a feature shot with the camera using a regular Sony lens most of us use and I’ll believe it.