Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Will Be Shot Using New RED WEAPON 8K Camera

guardians-8k-weapon-camera-165006One of Marvel’s greatest attributes with their movie releases is in its variety. Not only are the stories greatly varied in theme and style, from the political thriller of Captain America: Winter Soldier, to the upcoming psychedelic Doctor Strange, but they are now pushing the boundaries in filming technology, as reported by ComicBook.com.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the first film to shoot on the new RED WEAPON 8K Vista Vision/full-frame 35mm camera, as announced in a press release from the camera’s manufacturer. President of RED Digital Cinema, Jarred Land, gave the following statement in a press release:

I cannot even begin to express how proud I am that Marvel and everyone involved in the production has decided to be the first to shoot on our WEAPON 8K. The film, especially after the surprise success of the first one, is “a huge affirmation” in the new technology.

Executive producer Nikolas Korda worked with two previous RED cameras on Prometheus and The Legend of Tarzan.

The large sensor size and super high resolution offered by the new WEAPON 8K, combined with its lightweight and compact size open up a whole range of new creative possibilities.

The new camera captures at 8K/75 frames per second, 6K/100 fps, or 4K/150 fps. 4K TVs have only recently started to truly take off as consumer home products, though most 4K video so far can only be streamed via internet services. New 4K blu-ray players will hit the market early 2016, along with the first 4K blu-ray discs – a possible format for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when it comes home late 2017.

“Excited to be going truly cosmic with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 being the first film to shoot using the RED Weapon 8k,” writer/director James Gunn posted on facebook.

So is this a good idea given that most theaters cannot play 8K films? Should the studio have stuck with a more standard and widely used, filming technique? Is Marvel running the risk of possibly going down the same path that George Lucas did when he discovered digital filming technology? Will you go to see this movie in a specialized theater equipped to show 8K films?

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