Woody Allen Turns to Digital Camera for Next Movie

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Woody Allen has moved to digital filmmaking for the first time, using a Sony CineAlta F65 camera for his 47th film.

The untitled film began shooting in August in New York and Los Angeles. The cast includes Jeannie Berlin, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott and Steve Carell.

Vittorio Storaro, who won Academy Awards for the cinematography for “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” took credit for persuading Allen to shoot in digital.

“I had seen that the Sony F65 was capable of recording beautiful images in 4K and 16 bit-colour depth in 1:2, which is my favorite composition,” Storaro said. “So when Woody called me this year asking me to be the cinematographer of his new film with the working title ‘WASP 2015,’ my decision was already made. I convinced him to record the film in digital, so we can begin our journey together in the digital world. It’s time now for the Sony F65!”

Allen had indicated in May at the Cannes Film Festival that he might switch to digital for his next film.

Sony made the announcement Wednesday through its U.K. offices and noted that Allen and Storaro will master the movie in 4K.

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  1. CelluloidFan35mm says:

    I never thought Woody Allen would make the switch to digital but if he and Storaro can get a good image from the F65, more power to them.
    But I feel that this may be a Sony move more than anything else because it seems that all their productions are using either the F55 or F65.

    • “If he and Storaro can get a god image from the F65, more power to them.”

      Why wouldn’t Storaro or for that matter any DP be unable to get great images from the F65? It’s sensor without question offers the best color detail and separation out there… Go watch Winter Sleep or The Dark Horse… Hell, even Ex Machina was a great example of what the camera can do.

  2. Brent says:

    Oh God. I hope he changes the title. If it was called any other slur, considering Allen’s opinions, he’d get in trouble. Or maybe it’s been related.

    Also, I miss film. Digital is being shoved down our throats.

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