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Inside the Shooting of Woody Allen’s First Digital Film

After directing 47 films on 35mm film, Woody Allen has made the switch to digital with his latest Cafe Society, shot by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, also shooting digitally for the first time.

Storaro talks to Film and Digital Times about the transition and how he convinced Allen that the time had come to do it together. “I have always been dreaming of working with a camera that gives me, from the beginning, the specific 2:1 aspect ratio that was suggested to me by Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper,” says Storaro. “In cinema, I call this aspect ratio “Univisium.” Whenever I had been experimenting with digital over the years, constantly being disappointed, I was always thinking about my dream camera. There were several additional elements to satisfy. If film is able to capture at least 16-bit color, then the digital camera must record the same, if not more. And if we scan film at 4K, 6K or 8K, then the digital camera must have at least 4K resolution. Then, one day I discovered that Sony made the camera called F65. This was the closest possible to my dream. The gate was almost perfect: the aspect ratio was almost 2:1. And it was from to 8K to 4K, 16-bit, with very little compression. This was the camera that I would like to use.”

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