Zacuto USA

June 22, 2011 13:26 ET

Zacuto Films Presents, "The Great Camera Shootout 2011: A Documentary of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation" Episode 1: The Tipping Point

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 22, 2011) - In one of the most scientific camera comparisons to date, "The Great Camera Shootout 2011: A Documentary of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE)" premieres with Episode 1: "The Tipping Point." Following the success of the Emmy Winning Series (Midwest Chapter) "The Great Camera Shootout 2010," Zacuto Films continues their camera comparison evaluation series. The impressive line-up of 12 cameras includes: 35mm Kodak 5213 & 5219 Film, Arri Alexa, RED ONE M-X, Weisscam HS-2, Phantom Flex, Sony F-35, Sony F3, Panasonic AG-AF100, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D7000. "Last year we focused on DSLR cameras," says Web Series Director Steve Weiss. "This year, we have a different mission to test what we call cinema cameras -- cameras you could potentially use to shoot a feature or short film."

An independent agency of consultants and technicians, led by SCCE Administrator Robert Primes, ASC, designed and administered the full series of tests. "Our documentary is about the process that Bob Primes took to design and conduct his tests," says Producer Jens Bogehegn. In regards to testing methodologies, Primes assigned a "camera master" who was an expert with a particular camera to manage it as it rotated though each series of tests. Most importantly, all the manufacturers were invited to be involved with the tests and provide a technician with their camera.

The first episode of the 3-part series features three SCCE tests, which examine the dynamic range and usable latitude of each camera. A combination of scientific charts and real scenes were used in the testing: a backlit test chart shot by Michael Bravin, an under-exposure scene lit by Matt Siegel and an over-exposure scene lit by Nancy Schreiber, ASC.

Additionally, the series features commentary from some of the top DPs in the industry, filmed at worldwide screening locations in Sydney, Amsterdam, New York, London, Las Vegas (NAB) and Hollywood "Although you are not watching these tests in a 2K theatrical setting," says Weiss, "hearing such commentary from people in the ASC, BSC, ACS, CSC, NSC, ICG and the SOC, will help you evaluate the significance of these tests." Some of the featured commentary in this episode includes: Academy Award Winner Russell Boyd ASC, ACS (Master & Commander); Academy Award Nominee Don McAlpine ASC, ACS (Moulin Rouge); and Emmy Award Nominee & ASC Nominee Gale Tattersall, ASC (House, Ghost Ship).

Cast & Crew of "The Great Camera Shootout 2011: A Documentary of the SCCE"
The web series documentary features two different independent crews. The SCCE Crew: Administrator Robert Primes, ASC; Station Chiefs: Michael Bravin, Stephen Lighthill ASC, Nancy Schreiber ASC, Matt Siegel and Mike Curtis; Line Producer Josh Siegel. The Shootout 2011 Crew: Editor Karen Abad, Graphic Designer Chris Voelz, Producers: Daniel Skubal, Scott Lynch, Jens Bogehegn, Eric Kessler and Web Series Director Steve Weiss.