Last December, we reported that The Amazing Spider-Man would be shooting with the top-of-the-line RED EPIC cameras. I won’t bore you with all of the technical jargon (mostly because I barely understand it myself), but what you need to know is that only IMAX cameras provide better resolution and that it’s a light-weight 3D camera. Amazing Spider-Man director of photography John Schwartzman told the moderator of Reduser prior to screening the footage, “This is the best looking footage I have ever shot.”
But he’s the cinematographer. Do you honestly expect him to say “I would rather stare into the dark abyss of blackest hell than see this footage,”? However, a Reduser poster was equally effusive. Hit the jump for what he had to say on the impressive footage (all of it is spoiler-free; he’s only talking about image quality). The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3, 2012.
“I have to say that we were all stunned. Shocked. So incredible. Not like RED ONE MX. Not like anything we had seen from another camera. Same resolution and feel of our new EPIC reel, but with actors and a story and Schwartzman’s ability to light. The consensus in the room (to a person) was that this looked like film. Like 65mm film. Better. Without any trace of film’s blocky detail in shadows or grain. Jaw dropping.”
And that’s wonderful to hear. Unfortunately, I doubt most audiences will see it that way. Audiences are writing off 3D because they’re no longer seeing the purported benefits, but they are paying more for a dimmer image because theaters cheap out on the bulbs and projectionists aren’t trained to properly do their job. I expect audiences will be able to see a difference between The Amazing Spider-Man and films not shot with the RED EPIC, but I doubt we’ll see the film as it was meant to be seen.