Altered Carbon, is a dystopian, cyberpunk action/sci-fi tale, set centuries into a bleak future, and takes place partly in other solar systems. It is a ten-episode television series based on the Richard Morgan novel.
The show was shot on the ARRI ALEXA 65 camera in 5K mode, making it one of the first television series to follow this path. 5K was a middle ground when it came to the amount of data, but it also offered compatibility with a wider array of lenses compared to 6.5K, which is slightly bigger than a VistaVision frame and requires large-format glass that will cover the greater area.
The cinematographers went with Canon Cine primes for focal lengths less than 65 mm, Cooke S5/i in 65 mm and 100 mm focal lengths, and Cooke S4 lenses when longer focal lengths – 135, 150 and 180mm. A spherical Hawk 100-400mm zoom was also on hand.
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Topics covered include:
The cinematography of Altered Carbon
The collaborative workflow between Martin and Neville
What was the visual inspiration for Altered Carbon’s iconic look
Planning for the future of lighting
Shooting on 360 degree sets
Why the futuristic look of Altered Carbon nods to the past
Mixing Canon and Cooke lenses
Shooting stunt and fight sequences