03.07.2006 04:03 PM
‘Samaritan’ shot with solid-state HD camcorder

“Samaritan’ director of photography Robert Pitman shoots with the Panasonic AG-HVX200 hand-held camcorder.
Star Circle Pictures recently completed production on a short feature called “Samaritan.” The film is among the first projects to be shot with Panasonic’s full bandwidth AG-HVX200 handheld camcorder.

The HVX200 combines multiple HD and SD formats, and multiple recording modes and variable frames rates with the benefits of P2 solid-state memory recording.

The production team included producers Richard and Ethan Marten, Joshua Levy, Jonathan Guion, producer/director/screenwriter/editor Kimball Carr and Director of Photography Robert Pitman.

The DVCPRO HD P2 camcorder offers full bandwidth, contribution quality HD with independent intra-frame encoding, 4:2:2 color sampling, and less compression.

Currently in post-production, the feature entailed 81 set-ups over the course of two evenings of location shooting. Star Circle plans to exhibit the 30-minute short via high definition streaming media stations in theaters, as well as to take it on the festival circuit.

Editing is being done with an Apple Mac G5 Quad Processor workstation using Final Cut Pro HD Studio. The production team will edit in native 720p 24 resolution and deliver in several formats, including streamed and compressed formats for Web delivery, standard and high definition DVD, as well as HD exhibition into screening rooms and theaters direct from a workstation via final HD media source.

Star Circle rented the HVX200 from Zacuto Rentals in Chicago.

For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/hvx200.

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