Following Michael Mann’s lead, David Fincher has decided to shoot Zodiac with a digital camera.
It seems the Viper FilmStream camera has been the camera of choice, while Sony F900 is being relegated to low-budget, horror movie status.
Another contender for being THE camera for studio filmmakers (RED camera) is still in development, so the competition is not exactly fierce.
Here’s some thoughs from the DP, Harris Savides:
The fluctuating nature of the technology means that most filmmakers still have to fight to shoot their films on HD. Directors like Steven Soderbergh and Robert Rodriguez can get away with HD because they keep their budgets down. But once budgets start rising to $100 million, or tent-pole status, the resistance is much fiercer.
And more from Savides, this time re: Fincher:
He’s amazing. I don’t think anybody could’ve done it this way. David had to figure it out on his own, and then present it to the studio. He had to do smaller projects, commercials. He’d been using the Viper, got really used to it. So by the time I stepped in he had gotten the Viper integrated and he’d figured out how to make the camera work. When I got there, 90 percent of the problems had been ironed out. I was just part of the creative solution.