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High Definition Cinematography, 2nd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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34

The Panavision Genesis

34.1  The camera

The Genesis reminds me of the old joke which goes – ‘If it looks like a Duck, talks like a Duck and walks like a Duck – then it’s a Duck!’ I am fairly confident that if you walked onto a set without knowing it was an High Definition (HD) shoot and glanced at the camera you would assume it was a Panavision Millennium. Just take a quick look at Figure 34.1. If you gave it a second cursory glance you might think it had an unusual viewfinder and the futuristic 65mm 400 foot magazine was new to you. Further enhancing the feeling that this was just a slightly unusual film camera would be the intelligence that the camera crew were behaving exactly as you would expect from a normal film crew. Personally I have ...

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