Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


This years Oscar nominees tells a very different story, the burning question from Hollywood must be “Why no RED cameras”. This must be a first when every film nominated for an Oscar all use   their main camera from the same manufacturer…ARRI.

Lets not kid ourselves ARRI have always been big in Hollywood, certainly in the film days but they have done a fabulous job with the Alexa to mention one of their most popular models.


The other story is the move towards digital film making in general, you don’t need to be a member of Mensa to realise the vast savings in cost compared to 35mm film. ARRI have certainly done their homework…to have 8 films nominated in this years Oscars and everyone using an ARRI as 1st camera takes some beating.


Just in case someone wants to add to my birthday treats next month ARRI have a very nice watch for sale in their online store, it’s only €895 Euros.

ARRI “There are countless wristwatches on the market catering to specialist technical fields such as aviation, diving, race-car driving and engineering, but none that are specifically designed for camera professionals.

With this in mind, ARRI asked the well-known German cinematographer Tom Fährmann (Das Wunder von Bern, Die Päpstin) to conceptualize a watch that would meet the requirements of his own peer group.

The result is truly impressive: the DoP*1. In thinking about the kind of timepiece a cinematographer might value, Fährmann was mindful of those all-too-frequent occasions on set when unforeseen circumstances mean the task at hand must be put on hold. For situations such as these, the DoP*1 features a special bezel timer – once set, the minute hand counts down the remaining time to zero, acting independently of the time of day. You can fix the timeframe at your disposal to carry out a second job while waiting to go back to the original task, checking at a glance whether or not the pre-set time is up.

The DoP*1 is manufactured by Roland Kemmner, a renowned watchmaker in the Black Forest. His exquisite timepieces, lovingly manufactured in low quantities, are held in high esteem by experts.”

The DoP*1 is available in a unique, limited edition of 500 timepieces – exclusively from ARRI.
Technical Data:
– Robust, automatic movement ETA 2824-2 elaboré swiss
– Countdown to zero feature, bezel with sapphire glass insert
– PVD coated steel casing
– Water-resistance up to 200 meters
– Sturdy, waterproof rubber strap
– Ultra-hard, scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass, mineral hardness of 9
on the Mohs scale
– Hour hand filled with Super-LumiNova® C-1 white,
minute hand and second hand filled with yellow
– Calendar indication

Watch link


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.

One thought on “Oscar Nominees tells it’s own story

  1. No RED or Sony (F65). Also surprising amount of film cameras still in use. The noise coming out of the camera manufacturers is that film is dead. Clearly it isn’t.

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