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Sony stars in new documentary

Sony stars in new documentary

Sony stars in new documentary


Gregory Read, the director and producer of Paper Bark Films, teamed up with David Mayman to create a documentary all about making and using the world’s first jet pack. Own the Sky has taken 12 years to make and used several of Sony’s cameras and mics to put it together.

As the first 10 years consisted of Read as the only crew member, he commented on the equipment he used during this time. ‘As the majority of the filming was just me, it was important to keep the film and sound equipment compact. So, the first Sony camera I used was a small Sony PMW-EX1. This camera was compact, reliable and easy to use in all lighting conditions.’

Over time, as Read needed more cameras for recording, he decided to invest in more Sony equipment. ‘In 2010, in order to have two cameras covering David’s crazy RocketBelt attempt, I also had the larger, broadcast, disc-based Sony XD with the help of Denson Baker NZCS ACS. By early 2015, I put away my well-worn EX1 and bought a Sony A7S. This camera was very good in low light, giving me more flexibility in environments where adding lighting was not possible. With this DSLR camera, I used an external recorder to record ProRes 422.’

Read also commented that he used mics and beltpack transmitters in his work, all of which were from Sony. ‘A lot of the environments I shot in were extremely noisy, hence a close proximity, broadcast-quality Sony ECM-77BMP lapel mic made it possible for me to hear intimate dialogue as I was shooting. I also used the lapel mics for all the interviews.’

‘In 12 years, no Sony camera ever let me down on this project,’ he added. ‘Even in the most punishing of environments like shooting in 40° heat within a gritty, concrete jet testing facility, they still performed and gave me great results.’

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