CHAPTER 36

The RED One

36.1 A Little Background

The RED One is the latest in a long line of cameras produced by people aiming to revolutionize the way we make movies.

My father knew August Arnold and Robert Richter, the founders of Arnold & Richter who, in 1937, announced the world’s first motion picture camera with a through-the-lens viewfinder utilizing a spinning mirror in place of the conventional black shutter. This they called the Arriflex, a truly revolutionary camera, which was a cornerstone of the very successful Arriflex company of today (see Chapter 32).

Several of my friends knew Robert Gottschalk, the founder of Panavision, who in the 1950s revolutionized the way anamorphic lenses were designed and constructed, and went on to build ...

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