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‘The Grand Tour’ Cinematographer on Shooting HDR and HFR for Amazon’s Car Show

"It's been a huge step up for everyone but I think we’ve done pretty well overall actually; it’s going to look stunning."

The Grand Tour cinematographer Ben Joiner talks to Definition Magazine about returning to film the car adventure reality series, now airing on Amazon Prime.

“I remember a very early meeting in August last year where we sat down in this temporary office that Chump Productions rented in London with all these technical gurus from Amazon Video. They were saying, ‘We want to shoot HDR, we want to shoot 60fps for everything’ and we just looked at each other across the table thinking we probably could do that,” says Joiner. “It would be a big step up but it would also mean a huge amount of data. They were really serious about that and talking about uploading our rushes from all the various locations we go to in the world. It was very funny as Andy Wilman, the big boss, was a 4K novice at that point, he’s now a 4K master. Through the last ten months he’s really got to the bottom of just how difficult it is to shoot a show of this scale that generates this much data and then master it all in 4K. It’s been a huge step up for everyone but I think we’ve done pretty well overall actually; it’s going to look stunning.”

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