Customer: Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti, cinematographer
Industry: Indian films
Challenges: To deliver a natural look for his sports biopic – Saand Ki Aankh
Solution: Deploy the Sony VENICE 6K full frame digital motion picture camera
• Unmatched natural skin tones
• Excellent low light images
From Hollywood to Bollywood, VENICE, Sony’s game-changing 6K full frame digital motion picture camera is transforming the way movies are made, and seen.
You could say the VENICE was made for Indian films. Think Bollywood, and what immediately comes to mind are the resplendent costumes, the lavish song and dance sequences, the larger-than-life sets, and of course, the opulent colours. What better way to capture all that and more than with the VENICE.
Launched in 2018, Sony’s next-generation CineAlta motion picture camera system with a revolutionary 36x24mm full-frame sensor and phenomenal colour science, pushes the boundaries of high-end cinematography like never before.
Recalled well-known Indian cinematographer and scriptwriter, Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti, “I used the F65 CineAlta for a song sequence in the box-office hit Marathi film Sairat. The F65 blew my mind with its uncompormising images, breathtaking colour, depth and detail. I imagined what the VENICE could achieve.”
Luckily for Sudhakar, the VENICE’s arival in India coincided with his next film, Saand Ki Aankh, a sports biopic based on the real life story of two of India’s famous octogenarian sharpshooters, Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, or more affectionately known as Revolver Dadis (Grannies) of Johri, Uttar Pradesh.
Directed by Tushar Hiranandani and produced by Reliance Entertainment, Anurag Kashyap and Nidhi Parmar the film stars Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar. The film is slated for release this Diwali in October, 2019.
Sudhakar said, “Saand Ki Aankh is a story that spans varius 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.”
To ensure that VENICE was a perfect fit for Sudhakar’s stringent requirements, a ‘look test’ was done with actors before shooting commenced. Sudhakar added, “The ‘look’ test was important as it allowed me to test the VENICE’s latitude, its 8 built-in ND filters, and wide Dynamic Range, which impressed me the most.”
The VENICE’s phenomenal colour science ensures a soft tonal film look with natural shadows and mid-tones, which was pretty much what Sudhakar was looking for.
“The VENICE’s 15+ stops Dynamic Range combined with Dual Base ISO of 500 and 2500 meant that I could shoot confidently in low light conditions,” added Sudhakar.
Another highlight for Sudhakar was the amazing variety of lenses that the VENICE could use. The VENICE has a native E-mount but accepts existing PL lenses as well as still photography lenses. For Saand Ki Aankh, Sudhakar has opted for Zeiss super speed compact prime lenses and Supreme prime lenses.
Sudhakar said, “Even with a suite of innovative features, I found the VENICE very compact and easy to navigate. The OLED viewfinder is highly dependable and in full HD. What a nice touch.”
Sudhakar leased the VENICE camera and its extension system (CBK-3610XS) from R.D. Equipment, a well-known rental service provider in Mumbai who incidentally is also the first company in India to acquire this breakthrough camera.
Sudhakar concluded, “It’s easy to see why the VENICE has hit the sweet spot with cinematographers around the world. It delivers that distinctive VENICE look and feel that I am sure movie-goers will fall in love with.”