A new 4K short film from Band Pro Film & Digital, Viewing the Night Sky in Summer,was debuted at IBC. Sony, a key sponsor of the short, projected the work in its 4K theatre.
Captured with the Sony F55 camera and using Leica Summilux-C prime lenses and Canon Cinema EOS zooms, the film was shot on location at Mt. Wilson Observatory outside Los Angeles.
The 100-inch telescope dome featured in the short was completed in 1917 and is known worldwide for the key discoveries made there by astronomer Edwin Hubble.
The short was directed and shot by Randy Wedick. Key additional sponsors included Tiffen, Cartoni, Leader, Codex, Inovativ Carts, Fill-Lite, and G-Technology.
“The observatory is a gigantic precision handmade metal structure full of texture, with a giant door to let sunlight in, so we were able to showcase not only the 4K resolution of the F55 but also its ability to deal with extremes in dynamic range, all the while keeping a pleasing skin tone,” said Wedick.
“Photographing this location in 4K Raw with 4K+ capable lenses is hopefully a fitting tribute for one of the key pieces of optical technology of the 20th century.”
By Adrian Pennington