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M. Night Shyamalan Shooting 'After Earth' on Sony's F65 Camera as Studio Launches Training Program

Sony F65 Camera - H 2011

The studio's new equipment, which offers 4K digital cinematography, began shipping in January.

Sony began shipping its awaiting F65 4K digital camera last month, with roughly 400 orders worldwide. Sony Pictures’ After Earth has gone into production with director M. Night Shyamalan using the F65, while the studio introduces training workshops to support the new camera technology.

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After Earth—a scifi adventure starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith—is being lensed by director of photography Peter Suschitzky (A History of Violence).                                                                  

The workshops, aimed at digital workflows to support the F65, will begin in March at Sony Pictures Studios. They are offered to professionals including members of the International Cinematographers Guild.

“Feedback from our members on the 3D training program with Sony was tremendously positive and we’re thrilled to collaborate again to offer this opportunity to gain first-hand, working knowledge of this exciting new camera,” said Steven Poster, president of the ICG.

The F65 camera –which is built with an 8K sensor and capable of handling 16-bit 4K and higher-resolution imagery -- was one of the most talked about announcements of the 2011 NAB Show, where the prototype was first unveiled. The base price for the F65 is $65,000.

The workshops will precede the planned May opening of the Sony Digital Motion Picture Center, which will be run by Sony Professional Solutions of America to support the Sony F65 and other large sensor format camera systems.

In related news from Sony, the company revealed that 50 of its high definition broadcast cameras were used at Hollywood & Highland for Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. This includes 15 of its HDC-2500s and 35 HDC-1500s for the main broadcast and other red carpet shows.