Have your eyeballs adjusted to the pristine picture of 4K? Doesn’t matter, because soon movies will be filmed in even higher resolution. With the IMAX viewing experience expressly in mind, James Gunn on Wednesday announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first feature-length film shot using RED’s 8K WEAPON Vista.
Why would a movie need such a ridiculous resolution? Well, Nik Korda explained.
“The large sensor size and super high resolution offered by the new WEAPON 8k, combined with its lightweight and compact size open up a whole range of new creative possibilities,” Korda said.
Korda elaborated further:
“WEAPON 8K captures 8K at 75 frames per second (fps), 6K at 100 fps, or 4K at 150 fps with RECODE RAW; and it’s wide dynamic range produces cinema-quality images rich with natural color. Additionally, WEAPON 8K features interchangeable lens mounts, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs.”
Chances are only portions of the film will be shot in a higher resolution, with 35mm for the rest of the movie. As No Film School notes, movie theaters can only project in 4K, so even if the movie is shot in 8K, audiences won’t notice a difference. What the 8K resolution will allow filmmakers to do, however, is crop in on shots, hence the flexibility.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled for a May 5, 2017 release.
Very excited to announce Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first film to shoot using the RED Weapon 8k https://t.co/zxwHuykojN
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 6, 2016