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Tut Delivers Action with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras

Cinematographer Chris LaVasseur and second unit director/DP Mark Vargo, ASC, used Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras to capture action scenes for Tut, a six-hour series on Spike TV about Egypt’s King Tutankhamun that aired in July. LaVasseur explains, “We chose the Pocket Cinema Cameras because we could put them in places that standard studio cameras couldn’t go. We put one of the cameras on a mini monopod and designed fight scenes where it was right next to the soldiers in battle. [Director David] Von Ancken wanted the audience to be right smack in the middle of the action and feel what it was like to be on the battlefield 3,000 years ago. Mark designed specific creative shots with the Pocket Cinema Cameras, such as attaching one to a bow and arrow and even to a soldier’s chest during a battle scene, to give the director unique coverage.”