'Spectre' Used ARRI’s New 6K Camera During Production

The Alexa 65 is a large format, 6K version of the widely used Alexa camera.
Associated Press

The Alexa 65 — a large-format, 6K resolution version of ARRI’s popular Alexa camera, available through Arri Rental — was used on portions of Sam Mendes’ upcoming James Bond film, Spectre, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Spectre, which recently wrapped production in London, was photographed by cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who earned BAFTA nominations for his work on Interstellar and Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy. Van Hoytema is using 35mm film as well as digital for the production.

Many cinematographers are in line to get their hands on one of a still-limited number of the new Alexa 65 cameras, which really dazzled when unwrapped last fall using test footage lensed by cinematographer Greig Fraser, who’s using it on parts of Star Wars: Rogue One (the production is also using film).

At this still early stage, the Alexa 65 has already been tapped for portions of additional films including Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation and The Revenant, and possibly the entirety of The Great Wall. As part of a partnership with Imax, Arri is also co-developing a version of the Alexa 65 for Imax production.

Spectre is scheduled for a Nov. 6 release.

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