Sony’s A7S II Video Camera as Highlighted through the Movie; The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)


(San Diego, CA) The filming of a movie, as a complete project, has many inherent challenges.  For example; the quality and how far advanced the camera is along with the lighting, workflows and lens technology are common difficult challenges.  The recent release of the movie, The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018), highlights and reveals the superior aspects of the Sony A7S II video camera.  The previously said, is also a video camera without mirrors.  For the aforementioned movie, the Sony A7S II was combined with Hawk 65 Anamorphic lenses.  The end result; was a high quality production, through, cost effective workflows.  Lastly, the Sony A7S II video camera starts at less than, $3,000 USD. 

For the less than $3,000 dollars price tag, the Sony A7S II video camera features the following.  It is the product of rigorous testing.  Furthermore it comes with; dynamic range capabilities, color science, skin tone rendition, detailed blacks, natural highlight roll-off and the ability to shoot and output Sony LOG.  Continuing and obviously, the Sony A7S II is perfect for anamorphic production.  The reason is that, it can be combined with the Hawk 65 lenses.  The latter, applies a 1.3 times squeeze on the actual image.  For a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, the end result is, an image of 2.40:1.  For the movie; The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018), the combination of the Sony A7S II with the Hawk 65 lenses was the perfect low-cost solution.  The solution being that, the movie was a super tight low budget production; of course.  The leadership team of the previously said movie is as follows.  The director was Diederik Van Rooijen.  The writer was Brian Sieve.  Furthermore, for this movie the director of photography was, Lennert Hillege.  The co-producer was, Andrea Ajemian.  The executive producer was, Glenn S. Gainor.  Lastly; the producers were, Todd Garner and Sean Robins.  Specifically; Lennert Hillege and Glenn S. Gainor were so pleased with the pairing of the Sony A7S II and the Hawk 65 lenses that, they commented about it.  Furthermore, Glenn S. Gainor is using the same pairing on a current project, Thunderman.

Glenn S. Gainor is also the President of Physical Production at Screen Gems.  Through a press statement, Mr. Gainor commented about the Sony A7S II video camera.  “I knew that Sony’s A7S II had a full-frame sensor and could capture in 4K.  And I knew that we had to make the film in a manner that would fit our schedule and budget.  I had a relationship with Vantage, so we put it together and made a motion picture in a way that has never been done before.”  Glenn S. Gainor continued his press statement, by stating.  “We had four or five cameras at the ready at any time, so we were able to pick up and go.  We never had to wait for lens changes.  I think the full-frame sensor is where the industry is going.  Given the trends in digital cameras and the importance of lenses, you could argue that this is the future of cinema.  You have to look at the footprint of the entire movie.  The smaller camera’s ability to see beautiful under low light conditions, the LED lighting technology, and the green methods we used in set construction made this whole production a case study in how to be efficient and still tell a great story with a fantastic look.” 

Lennert Hillege was the Director of Photography, for the movie The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018).  Through a press statement, Mr. Hillege said the following.  “The biggest challenge was the camera’s 8-bit compression.  It’s not like the conventional shooting we are used to with ALEXA.  There are definitely limitations to be aware of, but the image is spectacular.  It’s not what you would expect with 8-bit.  If you’re not too dirty, and you keep to certain rules about exposure and color, you can shoot really beautiful, monumental images with it.  It all came together very quickly.  It was really a team effort toward making the camera ready for the demands of a fast-paced set.  It was quite an experience to be in the middle, with all these new innovations, and all these people making this work in such a short time.  Glenn is a very interesting producer because he really is trying to see what else is possible beyond traditional studio thinking.  He’s looking to make filmmaking more green, which is important.  I really like where he’s coming from.”  Lennert Hillege continued his press statement, by stating.  “If you work with a director who wants to shoot anamorphic, and we work with a producer who really wants to change the whole vision of how to shoot a cine movie, perfection is not the most interesting goal.  It’s how you are telling the story and whether that works.  It’s the culmination of many things that gives a certain look.  All these new ideas and ways of working are interesting to think about, investigate and put into action on a script.” 

To end; The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) is rated R, and, it is 1 hour 26 minutes long.  This particular movie is categorized under the horror, mystery and thriller genre.  The release date is November 30th, 2018.  The release date is for the United States of America.  The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) is headlined by Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon and Kirby Johnson.  As previously stated, the aforementioned movie highlights the superior aspects of the Sony A7S II video camera.  Furthermore, the Sony A7S II was combined with Hawk 65 Anamorphic lenses.  The end result; was a high quality production, through, cost effective workflows.  Lastly, the Sony A7S II video camera starts at less than, $3,000 USD.



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12/05/2018



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