Recording Media News

The Hurt Locker Shot On 16MM Fujifilm Stock Wins Six Academy Awards®

Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker was triumphant at the 82nd Academy Awards®, winning six Oscars® including best picture, director, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing and writing (original screenplay). The movie about a US Army bomb disposal squad in Baghdad was shot exclusively on 16mm Fujifilm ETERNA 500T 8673 and ETERNA 250D 8663 negative stocks and follows the success of last year’s best picture and cinematography winner, Slumdog Millionaire – also shot on Fujifilm motion picture film stock.

Fujifilm also received an Academy Award® from in the Scientific and Engineering category. The award was given in recognition of the significant picture quality and workflow improvements made possible in the moviemaking process through the development of Fujicolor ETERNA-RDI, the first motion picture film in the world designed specifically for use in converting digital image data to negative film.

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Topics: australian film industry, Academy Award, Fujifilm stock

Australian Movie Charlie and Boots Uses Fujifilm Stock

Charlie & Boots tells the story of a father and son who travel from Victoria to Cape York to fulfill their lifelong ambition to fish off Australia's northern tip. The film has been a big success locally and current Australian Cinematographer of the Year and the film’s DOP Roger Lanser ACS recently gave his unique insight into its making, including his choice of Fujifilm stock.

Lanser said, “The decision to use Fujifilm on Charlie & Boots was an easy one. I have been using Fujifilm for a number of productions and always found it to be excellent. Dean Murphy, the director, and I both agreed that we wanted to shoot on film not digitally and as I had won awards for our last film together, we went ahead with Fujifilm. We were filming mostly in daylight with some night scenes so the chosen stocks were the ETERNA 250D and the 500T. We did some stock tests mainly to determine the best flesh tones with our cast. As our two main stars, Paul Hogan and Shane Jacobson, would be spending a lot of time in 2 shots and close ups in a car with a overexposed background whizzing past, we wanted a stock that handled the range of exposure that I would be confronted with.”

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Topics: australian film industry, Fujifilm stock, fujifilm australia

New Australian Movie Bran Nue Dae Shot With Fujifilm

BRAN NUE DAE the new Australian movie directed by Rachel Perkins was shot entirely with Fujifilm stock. Bran Nue Dae tells the story of young Willie (Rocky McKenzie) during the Summer of 1967 in the idyllic pearling port of Broome, North Western Australia - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl Rosie. However his mother has great hopes for him and returns him to the religious mission in Perth for further schooling. After being punished by Father Benedictus for an act of youthful rebellion, Willie runs away. Down on his luck he meets Uncle Tadpole and together they con a couple of hippies into taking them on the 3,000 km journey back home. Arriving in Broome, Willie wins the girl, convinces his mother that Broome is the place he should be and discovers the father he never knew.

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Topics: press release, australian film industry, Fujifilm stock

Major Australian Movies Shot With Fujifilm Stock

FUJIFILM Australia today gave details of three new Australian movies and one recent AFI winner shot exclusively on FUJIFILM stock. FUJIFILM General Manager Recording Media/Motion Picture Film Marc Van Agten said, “It is a very exciting time for the Australian film industry and these projects are a good indication of the quality of movies we can expect to see throughout 2009.”

The first of the new movies is BRAN NUE DAE directed by Rachel Perkins and shot by DOP Andrew Lesnie on ETERNA 250T and ETERNA 500T (Lesnie also shot the Australian film Love’s Brother on FUJIFILM stock). BRAN NUE DAE stars Geoffrey Rush, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Ernie Dingo and Missy Higgins. As Australia's first Aboriginal musical the source material is semi-autobiographical, based on the story of writer Jimmy Chi's life in Broome and is a 3,000km journey of self discovery through spectacular landscape.

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Topics: australian film industry, Fujifilm stock, ACS