Magazine article Variety

Cameras Capture Images for the Ages

Magazine article Variety

Cameras Capture Images for the Ages

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Looking back at the great films of the past, it's staggering to discover how many of them have been lensed with ARRI cameras.

Stanley Kubrick, a director who made great demands on his crew and on technology, was a big fan of the equipment. He used Arriflex cameras on three visual trendsetters: "A Clockwork Orange," "Barry Lyndon" and "Full Metal Jacket."

Tony Richardson's "A Taste of Honey" was the first British film shot entirely on location and required versatile cameras in order to achieve its level of kitchen-sink realism. Dennis Hopper also demanded versatility and reliability on his counterculture classic "Easy Rider." On these, as on many other films, ARRI was the camera maker of choice.

ARRI has always taken pride in being close to filmmakers and meeting their demands. "We have always tried to understand the needs of the film and television industry in order to develop the best tools and services to meet these needs," says Stephan Schenk, managing director of ARRI Camera Systems business unit. "We are grateful to be a part of this family and appreciate that so many creatives have trusted in our products over the last 100 years."

Other examples of films that captured their images with ARRI cameras include classics such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Apocalypse Now," "Schindler's List," "Out of Africa" and "The Last Emperor," which reinforced the notion of seeing movies on the big screen.

And in more intimate efforts like "GoodFellas," "Cries and Whispers," and "Bound for Glory," which included some of the earliest use of SteadiCam operation, the images are kept personal and tight, allowing for distinct memories to be created from within the frame.

Remarkably, ARRI cameras captured the breathtaking images of the films that won the cinematography Oscar five years in a row, starting with 2011's "Hugo," 2012's "Life of Pi," 2013's "Gravity," 2014's "Birdman" and 2015's "The Revenant."

The latter utilized the ARRI Alexa 65mm camera for optimal image capacity.

"You don't have to make compromises with your lighting or your cinematic style when using ARRI cameras," says Glenn Kennel, CEO and president of ARRI Inc. "The Alexa allows you to shoot in any environment from twilight to the harshest daylight, with dynamic range being the key attribute we focus on."

Kennel points out that the first film to be shot digitally on the Alexa was Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous," which he calls "a period piece that relied heavily on low levels of light and entire scenes lit by candles. …

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