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M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth Shoots with Sony F65


Director M. Night Shyamalan (left) and cinematographer Peter Suschitzky on the set of After Earth – the first major motion picture to be shot with the new Sony F65 camera. (Photo by: Frank Masi).

The latest film from the production company Overbrook Entertainment and director M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth, scheduled for release next year by Sony Pictures Entertainment‘s Columbia Pictures, is the first major motion picture to be shot using Sony’s new F65 CineAlta digital production camera.

“I couldn’t be any happier with the F65, which is amazing since I’m a ‘film guy’ and I thought I’d die a film guy,” said Shyamalan. “It’s a digital media that’s warm and has humanity in it, which is obviously the most important thing to me.”

“The F65 is like a great leap forward,” said director of photography Peter Suschitzky. “As soon as I did testing of the F65, I was immensely impressed by the amount of detail it captures, by its incredible flexibility, from low lights to high lights, and its great contrast range. It really is a camera for the future and I’m going to use it again on a number of films.”

Sony began worldwide deliveries of the camera in January. Approximately 400 units were pre-ordered, and several other high-profile productions are planning to shoot with the F65 in the near future.

“This movie is the perfect first project for the F65,” said Alec Shapiro, senior vice president at Sony Electronics. “The combination of an innovative moviemaker and a script with incredibly high production values will test the limits of this camera and its powerful feature set. The result is sure to be a unique and visually immersive entertainment experience for the movie-going consumer.”

The F65 camera features an 8K image sensor, with approximately 20 total megapixels. With 16-bit Linear RAW file output, the F65 gives users an end-to-end 4K file-based workflow.

In response to the strong interest in the F65 CineAlta camera, Sony Pictures Studios plans to host workshops on digital workflows supporting the F65. The workshops, beginning in March, are designed to educate qualified directors, cinematographers and other film industry professionals.

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