Oscar’s winning documentary shot with Panasonic Varicam

“Taxi to the Dark Side,” an account of U.S. interrogation policies in Afghanistan and beyond, won the 2008 Academy Award for the best documentary. The documentary was shot with Panasonic’s AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema camera.

The film was made by director/writer Alex Gibney. Cinematographer Gregory Andracke, who shares the director of photography credit with Maryse Alberti, is a veteran documentary cameraman.

The ability of the VariCam to deliver 720/24p was a primary consideration, and when the HVX200 came on the market, Gibney purchased one of the first HVX200s in the United States. He took it to Guantanamo Bay in early 2006 when the shoot began.

The online edit of “Taxi to the Dark Side” was done at FRAME: RUNNER in New York. The color correction (Pandora Pogol workstation controlled by a Pandora Evolution control panel, all run on the Pandora Pixie color corrector) was done at PostWorks in New York, and the sound mix at Sound Lounge in New York. The film-out was done at Alpha Cine Labs in Seattle, WA.

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