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Aerial Film Australia Talks Alien: Covenant

Aerial Film Australia talks Alien: Covenant. Talking to If.com.au, Peter Beeh – one of Aerial Film Australia’s founders – details their upcoming work providing their expertise for the aerial shots for Alien: Covenant and the kind of camera technology being used for filming:

“The system represents the pinnacle of aerial camera systems for film work. It is, the best of the best. It consists of an array of six Epic Dragon cameras, which, when combined creates super high resolution frames. 

It’s most commonly used for VFX by combining 36K of image data per frame to create really wide angle panoramic shots. There’s only one of these systems in the world so we have to ship it all over the place and it’s in LA at the moment.”

Aerial Film Australia Talks Alien: Covenant. Seen here is Aerial Film Australia DOP, Peter Beeh, with the ultra-high resolution Shotover Hydra multi camera array. Picture via if.com.au Aerial Film Australia Talks Alien: Covenant

Aerial Film Australia Talks Alien: Covenant. Seen here is Aerial Film Australia DOP, Peter Beeh, with the ultra-high resolution Shotover Hydra multi camera array. Picture via if.com.au

The article mentions that the use of the Shotover Hydra multi camera array came after Alien: Covenant (and long time Ridley Scott collaborator) Director of Photography Dariusz Wolski asked the company to look into the use of the equipment.

There is also another interesting quote from Peter Beeh which makes it sound like the only on location shooting for Alien: Covenant will be what is being shot in New Zealand: “All of the studio stuff is being shot at Fox Studios and they’re doing all of the location shooting in New Zealand.”

Head on over to if.com.au and check out the article in it’s entirety. Be sure to keep checking back with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for all your latest Alien: Covenant news.



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Comments: 5
  1. Enoch
    I guess their use of Epic Reds means that Covenant will be shot natively in 3D, same as Prometheus and The Martian.

    Correct. They already used Reds for Martian and Prometheus (http://www.theasc.com/ac_magazine/July2012/Prometheus/page1.php)!
    These epics are a new geneartion of cameras.

    Interview with Dariusz Wolski, Ridleys fellow cinematographer:

    Quote
    "In my opinion, the new Red Epic camera is about to revolutionize all spectrums of the film industry.
    I am going to use Epics in my new project directed by Ridley Scott. I am amazed with the quality of the image and the fact that you can shoot 5k at
    120fps without compromising resolution, and most of all the size of the camera.

    Combined with the Element Technica Atom 3d rig, we will be able to shoot a 3d movie with the flexibility of a conventional cinema camera.

    I don't see anything that comes close to it at the moment. I can't even imagine the potential Epic will have on the big blockbuster industry as well as independent cinema."
  2. XENOMORPHOSIS
    I wonder if they'll reincorporate the holographic mapping orbs that Fifield used, they're referred to as PUPS Parameter Uplink Spectagraph. And I'm curious if they'll try a pov shot of it and it patrols the interior of a ship or landscape.

    They could also do something creative with cams attached to the crews suits, the experience could resemble Aline Isolation where your in first person perspective sneaking around avoding the xenomorph, that could be an intense movie experienece but as long as it doesn't go quite so found footage-ish :P
  3. CainsSon
    <p>Aerial Film Australia talks Alien: Covenant. <a href="http://if.com.au/2016/04/06/article/Aerial-Film-Australia-unleashes-Hydra-on-Ridley-Scotts-Alien-Covenant/WROJXIJJPE.html" target="_blank">Talking to If.com.au</a>, Peter Beeh – one of Aerial Film Australia’s founders – details their upcoming work providing their expertise for the aerial shots for Alien: Covenant and the kind of camera technology being used for filming:</p><p><em>“The system represents the pinnacle of aerial camera systems for film work. It is, the best of the best. It consists of an array of six Epic Dragon cameras, which, when combined creates super high resolution frames. </em></p><p><em>It’s most commonly used for VFX by combining 36K of image data per frame to create really wide angle panoramic shots. There’s only one of these systems in the world so we have to ship it all over the place and it’s in LA at the moment.”</em></p><div id="attachment_31577" style="width: 710px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-31577" src="http://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/060416_03.jpg" alt="Aerial Film Australia Talks Alien: Covenant. Seen here is Aerial Film Australia DOP, Peter Beeh, with the ultra-high resolution Shotover Hydra multi camera array. Picture via if.com.au Aerial Film Australia Talks Alien: Covenant" width="700" height="467" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Aerial Film Australia Talks Alien: Covenant. Seen here is Aerial Film Australia DOP, Peter Beeh, with the ultra-high resolution Shotover Hydra multi camera array. Picture via if.com.au</p></div><p>The article mentions that the use of the Shotover Hydra multi camera array came after Alien: Covenant (and long time Ridley Scott collaborator) Director of Photography Dariusz Wolski asked the company to look into the use of the equipment.</p><p>There is also another interesting quote from Peter Beeh which makes it sound like the only on location shooting for Alien: Covenant will be what is being shot in New Zealand: <em>“All of the studio stuff is being shot at Fox Studios and they’re doing all of the location shooting in New Zealand.”</em></p><p><a href="http://if.com.au/2016/04/06/article/Aerial-Film-Australia-unleashes-Hydra-on-Ridley-Scotts-Alien-Covenant/WROJXIJJPE.html" target="_blank">Head on over to if.com.au and check out the article in it’s entirety</a>. Be sure to keep checking back with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for all your latest Alien: Covenant news.</p><p><a href="http://www.avpgalaxy.net/?p=31576">Link To Post</a>

    Wow!! Im always looking at those opening aerial shots from Prometheus and Im impressed. This level of filmmaking is so "money is no option" it must be like being a kid in a candy store for Camera Dept and VFX and etc.

    And if this is the aerial cam- I want to see an article about the Wrap Cake... imagine the Craft Services! These people must eat well.
     ;)
  4. The Eighth Passenger
    So we have a 36K Shotover Hydra multi camera array with six Epic Dragon cameras for the aerial shots?
    Haven't the foggiest what this all means but.. f*ck it, it does sound impressive.

    I guess Riddles is not cheaping out with this movie after all.
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