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Blackmagic Design: Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel


Blackmagic.logoBlackmagic Design has announced that its Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera was used in the filming of key action sequences on Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel. The twenty first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was lensed by cinematographer Ben Davis, BSC (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera was used throughout the principal photography, which largely took place on location in Los Angeles and Louisiana, by Davis and the film’s second unit. Opting for a large format digital camera paired with a mix of Spherical and vintage Panavision glass, as the principal package, Davis required a smaller, more versatile camera to provide him with alternative options during filming.

Micro Cinema Camera
Micro Cinema Camera

According to Davis, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera setups were kept as small as possible, breaking out the wireless transmitter into a backpack worn by a camera operator. “The camera’s expansion port gave us lots of options for creating rigs for remote operation and monitoring. Coupled with the fact you can record RAW onboard using SD cards also helped to keep everything small and compact.”

Davis would use clamps or arms to mount he cameras onboard vehicles for example, and fixed focus. He’d then check footage after the sequence had run, make any adjustments, and reset ready for another take. “That’s where this camera comes into its own. They’re very quick to rig. We’d often run two or three at the same time on sequences like the go kart track. We’d just line everything up, power them up and hit record. There was a lot of vibration and heavy hits on those karts but there was no corruption of files at all.”

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