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ARRI Alexa 65’s Flattened Perspective Suits Manga Look of ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Ghost in the Shell

cinematographer Jess Hall speaks to ARRI about how the company’s large-format Alexa 65 helped translate the classic anime film into live-action.

“Before this film I had used the Alexa 65 for a Halo commercial, although it was very early days for the camera so we shot side-by-side with a 35-format Alexa. That process really highlighted the inherent qualities of the larger format, one of which is that it flattens perspective,” says Hall. “For

Ghost in the Shell

, this was interesting because I was thinking about how to translate anime and manga into live action, and a lot of the original artwork from the anime uses wide-angle frames, but drawn without much distortion, which suited the large image area and flattened perspective of the Alexa 65.”

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