[ #BlackmagicDesign #VFX ] Fremont, CA - August 10, 2016 - Blackmagic Design announced today that ...
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The second sequence was to capture a crowd as they listened to President Lanford’s address (played by Sela Ward) on the Capitol Mall outside the White House. The original footage of Lanford’s speech was shot on a blue screen stage, so the Uncharted Territory team needed the VFX plate footage to be high quality to match. For that, they turned to the URSA Mini 4.6K.
“Since we were doing so many different setups, we were cycling people through really quickly. Agility was key, and the URSA Mini 4.6K’s size really came in handy. With the camera, we were able to run around and quickly get the shots we needed so we could move on to the next setup,” Smith continued. “When planning the shoot, we were a little nervous about the lighting because there was a lot of contrast and some of it was very harsh with the backlight. We didn’t want it to clip or for the highlights to peak, but ultimately we had no cause to worry because the URSA Mini 4.6K did beautifully and the highlights were perfect. The camera’s dynamic range was a life saver.”
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