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Behind the Scenes on Lucasfilm’s Red Tails with the Canon DSLRs from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Well done Mr Bloom…not only has he pitched himself as the HD SLR Guru but landed a job with Lucasfilm doing what he has always wanted to do…be part of a big budget film. Things are certainly hotting up in the shallow depth of field camp with both Sony and Panasonic producing film like SDoF camcorders due late 2010. It does bode the question…where is RED in all this…so much hype yet nothing but vapourware, such a shame.

Philip Bloom “Red Tails” is George Lucas’ long time pet project. Based on the real life Tuskeegee airmen, the only African American fighter squadron in the US military. This is a fictional story with a nice old fashioned war film feel to it. This isn’t Saving Private Ryan! It has a great cast….Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrance Howard, Method Man, Tristan Wilds from “The Wire” (who owns a 5d!), David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, Ne-Yo and many more.

Before I flew out there I liaised closely with Lucasfilm’s Rick McCallum. We had to make sure we had everything we needed. We researched all camera and lens options. Would we shoot Canon L series? PL? 1DmkiV? 5DmkII etc… accessories, monitors. You name it…we talked about it.”

Speaking to Phil…”At the beginning we all had our own ways by the end we were all filming as an integrated team which was a big learning curve for all of us”.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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