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Sony’s Venice stars in Bollywood film

Sony’s Venice stars in Bollywood film

Sony’s Venice stars in Bollywood film


Venice, Sony’s full-frame digital motion picture camera, made its debut in Bollywood, capturing sports biopic film Saand Ki Annkh with its opulent colours and lavish song and dance sequences. Venice hit the Indian market just in time for Indian cinematographer and scriptwriter Sudhakar Reddy’s latest film and, to ensure that it was a perfect fit for Reddy’s requirements, a ‘look test’ was carried out with actors before shooting started.

‘The look test was important as it allowed me to test the Venice’s latitude, its eight built-in ND filters and wide dynamic range, which impressed me the most,' said Reddy.

Venice’s colour science ensures a soft tonal film look with natural shadows and mid-tones, which was what Reddy had reportedly been looking for. ‘Saand Ki Aankh is a story that spans various stages of life, and as such make-up will be one of the most important aspects which changes with the storyline. This also means that the tone had to be accurate,' he explained. 'Venice’s 15+ stops dynamic range, combined with Dual Base ISO of 500 and 2,500 meant that I could shoot confidently in low light conditions.’

Another positive for Reddy was the variety of lenses that Venice could use. Venice has a native E-mount but accepts existing PL lenses as well as still photography lenses. For Saand Ki Aankh, Reddy used Zeiss super speed compact prime lenses and Supreme prime lenses. 

‘Even with a suite of innovative features, I found Venice very compact and easy to navigate. The OLED viewfinder is highly dependable and in Full HD.’

Reddy leased the Venice camera and its extension system (CBK-3610XS) from RD Equipment, a rental service provider in Mumbai, and the first company in India to acquire Venice. 

Saand Ki Aankh, which was released in October, is based on the real-life story of two of India’s famous octogenarian sharpshooters, Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, or more affectionately known as RevolverDadis (Grannies) of Johri, Uttar Pradesh. 

Directed by Tushar Hiranandani and produced by Anurag Kashyap, the film stars Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar.

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