Director, Brendan Bellomo, and cinematographer, Greg Wilson, were thrilled when we at Vision Research tasked them with filming the first test footage with the new Phantom Flex4K Digital Cinema Camera. With less than 3 weeks to shoot, edit and assemble all of the footage, according to both Bellomo and Wilson, “there were not many hours of sleep during that crucial time.” However, even with the lack of sleep, they were able to pull together an amazing piece of cinematic work that really demonstrates the vast capabilities of this groundbreaking camera.
The digital high-speed camera was a little more than a week old and still in its alpha prototype stage when Bellomo and Wilson got their hands on it. With the help of the Hebron and Glastonbury Fire Departments in Connecticut, they were able to simulate a burning house in the middle of the woods, and incorporate both regular speed and high speed into the film.
The Phantom Flex4K is a true 4K RAW camera capable of at 1000fps at 4K resolution. While they did some compositing in NukeX, the majority of the shots are done in camera. There were absolutely no particle simulation effects at all. The fire, water and smoke are all real elements that were captured with this slow motion camera.
In order to truly understand the methodology, commitment and raw talent that went into producing a film with this camera for the first time, you really have to watch the film. Click here to watch it in its entirety.