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Alexa 65 called on for ‘Mission: Impossible’ underwater sequence

Pete Romano, ASC.

For the first time since its announcement last fall, the Arri Alexa 65 has been used in a real-world production. Mission: Impossible —Rogue Nation features an underwater scene shot with the Alexa 65. While Rogue Nation was primarily shot with 35mm film cameras (by Robert Elswit, ASC), Pete Romano, ASC, called on prototype Alexa 65s in special HydroFlex housings to capture a major underwater sequence.

Elswit, Romano and their crew spent a month shooting the scenes in the underwater tank at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK earlier this year. “The sequence was done almost entirely with a virtual background, so it was important to get the best resolution for the best look,” explains Romano, who advocated for the Alexa 65 to maximize image quality for the heavy visual effects.

Rogue Nation’s visual effects supervisor, David Vickery, notes, “In post production, the large format images we captured on the 28mm and 35mm Prime 65 wide angle lenses gave [VFX house] Double Negative the flexibility to push in up to 280 percent on the frame and still extract a sharp 2K plate, which we then treated to look like the anamorphic film stock that the rest of Rogue Nation had been shot on.”

The Alexa 65 workflow, developed with key technology partner Codex and based on the Vault platform, consisted of Arri Rental’s purpose-configured Vault S-Series used for on-set QC and local backup to eight TB transfer drives. The transfer drives were then shuttled to Company 3 in Soho, London, for processing out to full resolution, uncompressed Arriraw 65mm format images by Arri Rental’s high performance version of the Vault XL, Lab 65, which was linked into Company 3’s dailies and archival infrastructure.

Whether for an entire movie or selected sequences, the Alexa 65 is being used on a number of productions that are due for release in theaters over the coming months.


Arri Rentals beefs up in Atlanta and Miami

Ed Stamm has been tasked with running the new Arri Rental office in Atlanta. Arri Rental provides camera, grip and lighting equipment to the feature film, television, advertising, broadcast and events markets.

Besides promoting the Alexa 65 system, which is only available at Arri Rental, Stamm (pictured, above) will ensure that the company’s extensive inventory of digital, film, anamorphic and spherical camera equipment is available to this production community.

Craig Chartier will fill Ed Stamm’s previous position, taking over Arri Rental Miami as GM. Chartier will focus on strengthening Arri Rental’s strategy and operations, as well as growing the business in Florida and the South American market.

Stamm’s extensive experience spans 35 years in the pro equipment rental business. After his graduation in film production at the Columbia College Chicago, Stamm served as rental manager for Victor Duncan (VDI), a film camera and lighting rental house in Dallas.

In 1986, Stamm pushed ahead with the expansion of VDI and opened a new facility in Atlanta as GM. Following Panavision’s acquisition of VDI in 1997, he later transferred to the Orlando office, and in 2002 was hired by Arri CSC to open a rental subsidiary in Florida. He was promoted to VP in 2012.

Craig Chartier

Chartier brings over 22 years of experience in the motion picture and broadcast TV production industry to his new job. Chartier joined GEAR, a subsidiary of 501 Group in Austin as operations manager in 1992 after graduating from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film. In 1995 he became VP of production services and remained at GEAR until 2011.

Chartier has been an adjunct professor teaching Cinematic Lighting Techniques and Theory at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Recent productions serviced by Arri Rental include Birdman, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Theory of Everything, John Wick, A Most Wanted Man, Expendables 3 and The Fault in Our Stars.