X-Men relies on Codex

Multiple Codex recording and workflow technologies were used in the production to post pipeline on 20th Century Fox’s film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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Multiple Codex recording and workflow technologies were used in the production to post pipeline on 20th Century Fox’s film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Codex Onboard Recorders, in-camera XR recording, and Vault systems, enabled the filmmakers to deploy a variety of ARRI Alexa cameras, shooting both native 3D and 2D using ARRIRAW, and to maximise image quality on-set and during post production.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, is directed by Bryan Singer, with cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel. The pair, who also worked together on X-Men and X-Men 2, chose to shoot the newest release in native 3D using ARRI Alexa M and Alexa XT cameras supported by the Codex/ARRIRAW workflow.

“I like the look of Alexa,” said Sigel. “It’s a kind of softer look (to other digital cameras), with more half tones, more variations of colour, and it was a better look for this project. I was able to get wardrobe to give me a lot of saturated colours on background extras in oranges and yellows and reds – very intense colours that were easier to isolate, grab onto and actually desaturate later.”

Sigel added, “By the time we started X-Men: Days Of Future Past, ARRI had come out with Alexa M. I was able to use them with TS5 3D rigs from 3ality and Codex Onboard S Recorders. The 3D rigs are pretty solid, but what’s evolving are the cameras and lenses that are available for them. The options are expanding, and the Alexa M is certainly a step in that direction. We also had some 2D stuff, and for that we were able to use the Alexa XT and record the ARRIRAW right onto the in-camera Codex XR drives, and that was very liberating.”

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Codex recording and workflow technology has been used on hundreds of motion picture productions worldwide. Forthcoming releases to rely on Codex products include: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Jupiter Ascending, Hercules, Jersey Boys, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, The Fault In Our Stars and Sex Tape.

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