In a forum posting discussing bugs associated with the, yet-to-be-released, RED EPIC and Scarlet cameras, RED’s Jim Jannard says that cinematographers should be embarrassed for shooting 1080p on DSLRs.
I fully expect the DSLR mfgs to get it right at some point. Make a non-line-skipping 4K camera. At that point, the difference will be RAW 5K and 6K vs. whatever they make. Until then, a line-skipping 1080P camera is just not in the running for a pro camera. Can you make OK images with a line-skipping 1080P camera? Sure. Should you be embarrassed? Yes. We are not in that business.
I saw the Canon commercial about shooting “motion stills”. They should be ashamed. Just try to take a still from their motion 1080P capture…
Jannard has been no stranger to controversy when it comes to talking big about the DSLR competition. The RED Scarlet and EPIC cameras were originally unveiled in November 2008, with a projected street date of Summer/Fall 2009. At the time, Jannard spoke of his DSMC (digital still motion cameras) as game changers with respect to the newly-created DSLR-cinema market.
I want to say that no one has any idea how incredible this announcement will be. Call this hype… please. – Jannard, October 26, 2008
Hype was certainly called; however, 2009 came and went with no new products from RED, but that hasn’t prevented Jannard from taking jabs at DSLRs and users such cameras.
There’s no doubt that RED makes an incredible product. It has changed the game by giving off-the-radar filmmakers access to a relatively affordable camera capable of going toe to toe with anything else Hollywood is using. But saying filmmakers should be embarrassed for shooting with a DSLR really rubs me the wrong way.
When I think about cinematography on the 5D Mark II, 1D Mark IV and so on, I think of Vincent Laforet, Shane Hurlbut and Gale Tattersall (DP for season finale of House). So, I think Jannard has a poor choice of words for what artists are creating with these line-skipping cameras. Of course, Jannard has never been one to mince words when talking about the competition. However, the fact remains that RED EPIC and Scarlet are coming up on the one year anniversary of their slated release date, with only a prototype shown on a tradeshow floor to show for it. At the same time, Canon, Nikon and Panasonic are pushing into their second or third generation of video-capable DSLRs that both amateurs and pros will be using by the end of this year to create art – line-skipping or not.
Update: While this story has been discussed on a number of other sites, I thought it would be worthwhile to share Vincent Laforet’s comments here.