The iconic Billie Holliday is brought to life in HBO’s broadcast production of the Broadway musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The performance, which starts airing March 12, was recorded before a live audience using Ikegami HDK-97ARRI cameras.
Cinematographer Rick Siegel and director Lonny Price deployed the HDK-97ARRI cameras, together with several Ikegami 2/3-inch conventional HD cameras, in a complex shoot at the historic Café Brasil in New Orleans. Equipped with Fujinon’s Cabrio PL Cine lenses, the HDK-97ARRI was used throughout three days of shooting, capturing performer Audra McDonald from a variety of camera placements.
“The HDK-97ARRI sensor produces exquisite pictures,” says Siegel, who adds that the camera “brought out the beauty of Audra McDonald and supported her truly amazing rendition of the Billie Holiday character. My pictures became more painterly, which was essential for this period movie.”