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VEO unlocks creative freedom for Affixxius Films

VEO unlocks creative freedom for Affixxius Films

Category: Super Slow Motion Production

Affixxius Films are firm believers that there is no point in producing something that is different if it isn’t also engaging. That’s why the creative video agency turned to the super slo motion capabilities of the Phantom VEO 4K camera...

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Star Wars fan film delivers blockbuster action with Kowa primes

Star Wars fan film delivers blockbuster action with Kowa primes

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

From the opening tracking shot extending back from rugged desert dunes to reveal a guard jumping into a World War II army truck you know you are watching a movie with the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster. At least, that’s the...

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Proper diagnosis saves The Good Karma Hospital from location drama

Proper diagnosis saves The Good Karma Hospital from location drama

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Hit ITV medical drama The Good Karma Hospital required a top to toe check-up of its own to keep camera equipment operational in the heat and dust of a location shoot in Sri Lanka. The show stars Amanda Redman, Amrita Acharia and Neil Morrissey as...

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Pioneer Productions and Canon ME20 captures secret world of Nocturnal Britain

Pioneer Productions and Canon ME20 captures secret world of Nocturnal Britain

Category: Natural History Production

Sport’s broadcasters have a reputation for advancing live production techniques but wildlife filmmaking routinely pushes camera technology about as far it can go in efforts to explore the natural world. While infra-red imaging opened up the...

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Gramco.studio plays games with Phantom VEO 4K for Manolo Blahnik

Gramco.studio plays games with Phantom VEO 4K for Manolo Blahnik

Category: Super Slow Motion Production

As the fashion world revolves more and more around social media so creative directors like Graeme Montgomery have cut their cloth accordingly. As one of the world’s leading photographers and moving image makers for luxury brands, Montgomery...

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Filming a car stunt at 1000fps on VEO

Filming a car stunt at 1000fps on VEO

Category: Super Slow Motion Production

A high-speed car stunt filmed in 4K at 1000fps on a Phantom VEO 4K is the centrepiece to a new online campaign for Irwin Tools. The brief for the three-minute documentary-style spot, produced by Hannah Dale at agency McCann, was to film the...

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Sci-Fi Short Shoots Anamorphic On 16:9 Sensor

Sci-Fi Short Shoots Anamorphic On 16:9 Sensor

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Shooting anamorphic with KOWA anamorphic lenses and a 16:9 widescreen camera is an unusual combination but it proved the perfect technical and aesthetic choice for a futuristic short film about the side-effects of cosmetics for Met Film School...

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Friday Night Dinner for Celere primes

Friday Night Dinner for Celere primes

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

The latest series of long running Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner for Big Talk productions was filmed by DoP Matt Wicks using Celere primes. Each series has been distinguished with a different DoP and over ten years and five series you can...

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Going Fast and Furious with Reds and Celeb 250s

Going Fast and Furious with Reds and Celeb 250s

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Film producer Lars Sylvest has a successful track record producing features with stars such as Sandra Bullock, Kevin Bacon and Kurt Russell but he’s long harboured a passion project to share his hobby and interest in luxury sports cars. ...

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Owl Short Film shot with Phantom VEO -

Owl Short Film shot with Phantom VEO - "More Efficient and More Productive"

Category: Super Slow Motion Production

It’s part of the job description of every natural history filmmaker to travel, often overseas, typically to remote locations or extreme environments - or both – and without the luxury of a porter to lug the gear for them. Any...

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Those shoes were made for Phantom VEO 4K

Those shoes were made for Phantom VEO 4K

Category: Super Slow Motion Production

Dropping things into paint and throwing objects at shoes is the kind of attention grabbing visual you only do in a commercial and the kind of concept that demands to be seen in pin sharp super slow motion. That’s what Clarks asked...

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Dare the Unknown with the F55 in neon-lit Hong Kong

Dare the Unknown with the F55 in neon-lit Hong Kong

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Fashion brand Palladium wants you to ‘Dare the Unknown’ in a new promo featuring rule-breaking New York-based super model Jazzelle (Zanaughtti), London Grime artist Octavian and Arthur Bray, a Hong Kong-based DJ and a founding...

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Wacky Races: Rogue Films jumps aboard The Grand Tour Rally

Wacky Races: Rogue Films jumps aboard The Grand Tour Rally

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

In celebration of Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour, social media stars took to roads across the world in The Grand Tour Rally cars. To fuel their favourite driver to victory, fans were encouraged to Tweet or Re-Tweet hashtags in...

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The Good Karma Hospital, series 2

The Good Karma Hospital, series 2

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

For series two of Tiger Aspect’s India-set hospital drama, freshening things up without losing what made the show a hit is key for the producers. Olly Grant reports from the Sri Lanka set.         ...

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Documenting a race against time for Africa’s elephants

Documenting a race against time for Africa’s elephants

Category: Natural History Production

The fate of Africa’s elephants, under immediate threat from poaching and an irrevocably changing habitat, should concern us all but filmmaker Lizzie Daly is intent on making a difference. The up and coming wildlife biologist and...

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Sigma Cine Primes and Canon C700 capture the post-apocalypse 

Sigma Cine Primes and Canon C700 capture the post-apocalypse 

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

To survive in a world destroyed by global warming a family needs to make a heartbreaking decision which could split them apart forever. This is the dystopian vision of writer-director Gagan Singh whose short film Famished is being prepared...

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The Edge pits Celere versus the elements

The Edge pits Celere versus the elements

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Brimming with the elemental forces of nature, Wales is a land of dramatic scenery from coastline to mountains captured by The Edge Picture Company for a distinctive new campaign. Regional Champions Wales is one of ten short films produced by The...

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Off The Fence use Canon ME20 for night filming of elephants in Botswana

Off The Fence use Canon ME20 for night filming of elephants in Botswana

Category: Natural History Production

The extreme low light Canon ME20F-SH (4m ASA) has been used by Off the Fence Productions on assignment for Vulcan Productions to support the US TV premiere of Naledi: One Little Elephant. Off The Fence was required to film some follow-up...

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Classical music gets unconventional treatment

Classical music gets unconventional treatment

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi takes inspiration from the elements of nature in his latest stunning work so any recording of his electric live performances have a lot to live up to up. London-based indie...

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Wildseed busy playing pranks for digital thriller

Wildseed busy playing pranks for digital thriller

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

How to create an authentic looking vlog (video blog) to hook the audience into an episodic thriller was the task facing Wildseed Studios in making PrankMe for digital subscription service Fullscreen. Created by Jesse Cleverly and Paul Neafcy and...

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Offspring take wildlife night filming to new levels

Offspring take wildlife night filming to new levels

Category: Natural History Production

The extreme low light 4m ASA Canon ME20F-SH has been used by Offspring Films to capture the behaviour of one of the world’s fastest mammals at night for the first time. The Elephant shrew, with a recorded speed of 28kmph, was filmed in the...

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Basketmouth plays Wembley with multi-camera production values

Basketmouth plays Wembley with multi-camera production values

Category: Other

The sell out show Basketmouth Live @ The SSE Arena, Wembley was not only a high octane gig for the Nigerian comedian but a night of great success for live video producer Johnsons Creative.   Produced by Whytelion, Cokobar.com and Barons...

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Pretzel Films mixes a zany cocktail with Alexa Mini and Superspeeds

Pretzel Films mixes a zany cocktail with Alexa Mini and Superspeeds

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Pretzel Films mixes a zany cocktail with Alexa Mini and Superspeeds An online commercial for drinks brand Island Oasis achieves a zingy yet retro flavour thanks to a smart creative brief which mixes high end digital capture and super slow motion...

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Capturing natural magic in 8K with Red EPIC-W

Capturing natural magic in 8K with Red EPIC-W

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Shooting high resolution video to extract useable frames has become a handy and relatively common technique in live sports and feature film visual effects but Banana Split Productions has made ingenious use of it in order to capture the natural...

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The force is strong for Star Wars: Made GREAT in Britain

The force is strong for Star Wars: Made GREAT in Britain

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was 2016’s top-grossing film at the UK box office, more than £1m ahead of its nearest competitor, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Both, though, are testament to this island’s world class...

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Eliana’s Wish To Run: When giving time really means money

Eliana’s Wish To Run: When giving time really means money

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Generously giving their time and expertise, independent production company Pretzel Films alongside the staff and pupils of Saint Ronan’s School, filmed a promo to help give a young girl a life-changing operation.   Two year old Eliana...

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Filming Lucid is a dream come true

Filming Lucid is a dream come true

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Cinematographers often eulogise about the alchemy of vintage optics combined with a high-end digital cine camera  but for most low budget features their use remains a distant dream. For Lucid, the directorial feature debut of writer/director...

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Midsomer Murders now shooting with Cooke Mini S4i lenses

Midsomer Murders now shooting with Cooke Mini S4i lenses

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

The current long-running Drama, Midsomer Murders has a new look as a consequence of replacing the old faithful ARRI UltraPrimes for Cooke Uncoated Mini S4i supplied by VMI. Now in its 19th season, Midsomer Murders, produced by Bentley Productions...

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Nocturnal activity caught on camera for the first time

Nocturnal activity caught on camera for the first time

Category: Natural History Production

The biggest prize in natural history filmmaking is to capture animal behaviour in a way that's never been done before. Offspring Films achieved this in its eye-opening document of Tarsiers in their natural habitat. The sequence is part of...

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Getting the right balance with MoVI and Ready Rig

Getting the right balance with MoVI and Ready Rig

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

A short film for Heathrow Airport illustrates the detailed preparation necessary to ensure simple ideas take flight. The one-minute long film produced by Hungry Man Productions via agency Havas Creative Group, sets the mood for a wider corporate...

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Slashing costs on location with F5/CP2

Slashing costs on location with F5/CP2

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Nightime inside a large country house. The camera moves from golden, candle-lit rooms to equally atmospheric dark moonlit shadows as the suspence cranks up into spine-tingling horror.  Occurring near the beginning of forthcoming feature Fox...

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The Great Migration - Long Lens Action!

The Great Migration - Long Lens Action!

Category: Natural History Production

DoP Geraint Warrington has just completed filming the prestigious documentary series on the Migration of Wildebeest across the African Plains. “The Great Migration” is a 4 part 1 hour documentary series produced by Renegade Pictures...

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Where is this going? DJI Ronin

Where is this going? DJI Ronin

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Some films don’t go where you might expect, like the opening scene of Pulp Fiction which sees two lovers involved in romantic small talk before dramatically and violently holding up a café at gun point. Greenpeace UK’s...

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Red Bull Barnstorming

Red Bull Barnstorming

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

An unbelievable new film from Red Bull and Gramafilm using VMI's Go Pros, FS700s, Odyssey Recorders and lots of nerve! 2 x aeroplanes flying in formation to fly through a barn together at 180mph..!   Story linked from Gramafilm...

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The Timeless Islands - Dragon and DJI Ronin Gimbal

The Timeless Islands - Dragon and DJI Ronin Gimbal

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

“We are young, we run green” starts the commercial film for CalMac. The video crew certainly needed to be tireless and energetic for their 4-day shoot which ties together an endless stream of islanders each filmed in their own setting...

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MōVI used on Ch5 Drama

MōVI used on Ch5 Drama

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Channel 5’s first in-house documentary drama use the MōVI M10 rig to bypass traditional Steadicam use. At the start of this year, 5Production, Channel 5’s in-house production company, was commissioned to make a new presenter-led...

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Bolt and MoVI on the Run

Bolt and MoVI on the Run

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

“The days of having to lay track for this kind of shoot are long gone.” Says DOP Paul Broadrick. The commercial video for Jabra’s new sports headphone required a fast moving and agile rig. He turned to the MoVI M10 and...

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First commercial for ARRI AMIRA

First commercial for ARRI AMIRA

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

In terms of cameras, Adjust Your Set’s first option is usually the ARRI Alexa. Its class leading image quality and intuitive controls has made it the camera of choice for feature films, drama and all high end TV production. The...

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Cricket rises from the Ashes with Sony F5

Cricket rises from the Ashes with Sony F5

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Twenty20 cricket? “Predictable and repetitive,” said Geoffrey Boycott in 2008. In reality, the runaway success of India’s IPL and Australia’s Big Bash, Twenty20 has re-vitalized cricket. It has brought back the...

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Olive Green - The World’s First Interactive Feature Length Film for English Language Learning

Olive Green - The World’s First Interactive Feature Length Film for English Language Learning

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

The jump from producing adverts, training videos and corporate films to shooting a feature length movie is a daunting prospect.  However, this was not the only challenge that production company Ekstasy set itself.   Producer Mike...

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Va Va VMI, shot EPIC!

Va Va VMI, shot EPIC!

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

The driver, a normal member of the public, arrives at the dealership to test the new Renault Clio. As the car approaches a T-junction, the salesman presses the Va Va Voom button on the dashboard. A screen depicting a Parisian scene quickly...

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Location: Seychelles with the Canon C300PL

Location: Seychelles with the Canon C300PL

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

The idea that the Seychelles are all about palm-lined beaches underplays the scale and diversity of this geologically rich group of islands. Unlike many other tropical paradise destinations, a beautiful seascape is only part of the picture for this...

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In Fear revives the thriller

In Fear revives the thriller

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

A couple are lost on a deserted, maze-like country road. Surrounded by thick woods and with night closing in, the scene of terror is set. In Fear, funded by Studio Canal + and Film Four, is no routine chiller. From the outset, there’s a...

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4K delivers a virtual reality for Google

4K delivers a virtual reality for Google

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

A flagship event held at a top London venue for Google executives and guests is no typical night out on the town. VIPs drawn from across Europe Middle East and Africa arrive expecting a sensational level of entertainment. With the help of...

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Sci-fi web series ‘Hunger Ford’ shot with C300

Sci-fi web series ‘Hunger Ford’ shot with C300

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

In July 2013, Wildseed Studios began shooting their first live action sci-fi web series with 19 year old Director Drew Casson. It started in Hungerford on a boiling hot day as they began by filming exteriors for the story. The equipment had been...

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Closing in on Perfection with the Sony PMW-F55

Closing in on Perfection with the Sony PMW-F55

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

“The F55 images were amazing. I would definitely use the Sony again.” Said Richard Stoddard, DOP on a new S4C feature film. The film follows the story of a couple struggling to come to terms with cancer and a terminal diagnosis. It is...

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Wolfgirl film being shot RED EPIC funded by Kickstarter!

Wolfgirl film being shot RED EPIC funded by Kickstarter!

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

A team of ambitious filmmakers & FX artists in the UK are collaborating to create a live action film inspired by one of Japan's most celebrated animated features: Princess Mononoke. Even tho Wolf Girl is pitched as a fan film "For fans,...

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Shooting Music at 4K with the PMW-F5

Shooting Music at 4K with the PMW-F5

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Shooting Music at 4K The turbulence in the music industry since the Napster revolution has changed the way artists promote their work. “Creating a video with high production values makes all the difference, in terms of branding the...

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Make way for the film crew (as long as it uses Alexa!) - Primark

Make way for the film crew (as long as it uses Alexa!) - Primark

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

“The fashion shoot used to be for the stills guys. If there was a video crew, they’d be up second and have to fit around the photographers.” Bemoans producer, Andy Picton. All this changed with the rise of video on social...

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HOW TO SHOOT A £1 MILLION CAR COMMERCIAL ON A ZERO BUDGET

HOW TO SHOOT A £1 MILLION CAR COMMERCIAL ON A ZERO BUDGET

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Crewed entirely by award-winning women and with everyone volunteering their time,  this is not your usual car commercial! The Feminist Car Commercial, three interconnecting short films made to look like genuine car...

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Nothing says opulence like a Bentley

Nothing says opulence like a Bentley

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Buyers of the Bentley prestige marque benefit from a personal experience that guarantees that the car is tailored to their exacting specification. Creating a promotional film that communicates the vehicle’s virtues calls for a crew and camera...

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Film-making with Flare

Film-making with Flare

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

“Since the days of Alien, Bladerunner and the early Star Trek features, science fiction has become CG-dominated. There are notable exceptions, such as Moon but largely the green screen has taken over from the miniature, the model and the...

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Some Girls 2, BBC3, Arri Alexa

Some Girls 2, BBC3, Arri Alexa

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

VMI have supplied equipment on Hat Trick's second series of "Some Girls" for BBC3.  Shot in London over 6 weeks by Greg Duffield, DOP, the series was shot using a double ARRI Alexa kit, supplemented by a Canon C300 PL camera,...

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Alexa and Sony F-55 partner for a new gripping short film

Alexa and Sony F-55 partner for a new gripping short film

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Circumstances conspired to give the crew on UK Residents Only the unusual opportunity to use the Arri Alexa and the Sony PMW F55 on the same shoot. “We hadn’t planned it that way,” says director of photography Leigh Alner,...

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A first time with 4K

A first time with 4K

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

For a newcomer to break into the international or even British film scene calls for a bold approach. But it needs much more: creativity, technical excellence and business nous. “This is a challenging industry, particularly when you’re...

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The Job Lot, ITV1.  Arri Alexa

The Job Lot, ITV1. Arri Alexa

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

VMI supplied equipment for Big Talk’s series The Job Lot for ITV1, a 6 x 30 minute situation comedy from Big Talk Productions for ITV; about life, love and long-term unemployment. It is also a great example of best practice in...

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Midsomer Murders 16, ITV1.  Arri Alexa

Midsomer Murders 16, ITV1. Arri Alexa

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

VMI have supplied equipment to the 16th series of Midsomer Murders for Bentley Productions which was the first series since it was first aired in 1997 to be shot on ARRI Alexa and Zeiss UltraPrime lenses. The double Alexa camera kit includes...

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Our Girl, BBC1.  Arri Alexa

Our Girl, BBC1. Arri Alexa

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

Little is beyond today’s large sensor cameras. But making Leighton Buzzard look like Afghanistan proved quite a  challenge for the Arri Alexa and Canon C300PL with Zeiss UltraPrimes hired from VMI for the shooting of "Our...

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Marple, ITV.  Arri Alexa

Marple, ITV. Arri Alexa

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

VMI has supplied equipment on the latest series of ITV’s “Marple”. A double ARRI Alexa shooting kit shooting with Cooke S4i prime lenses and Angenieux Optimos and ARRI Aluras for a ‘period’ look, shot during...

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Delicious, The Film.  Arri Alexa

Delicious, The Film. Arri Alexa

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

“Over the past two years, everything has changed. Now we find ourselves using the same cameras and lenses whether we’re producing a TV comedy or an independent feature film. And it also happens to be the same equipment they used to...

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Poirot Series 13, ITV.  Arri Alexa

Poirot Series 13, ITV. Arri Alexa

Category: Large Sensor Cinematography Productions

VMI supplied a double Alexa Package with Cooke S4i Primes and Optimo zooms for the 13th and last series of Poirot staring David Suchet for ITV's flagship Period Drama. VMI was the equipment provider chosen to supply a dual Alexa kit with...

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