“The Young and Prodigious Spivet”
Based on the book: “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” by Reif Larsen
Director/Producer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Veteran film director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (‘Amelie’ / ‘Delicatessen’) has embraced 3D technology for his upcoming film “The Young and Prodigious Spivet.” Cinematographer Thomas Hardmeier, AFC (‘22 Bullets’) is lensing the project that is currently shooting in Alberta and Quebec, Canada. Hardmeier and Jeunet choose Arriflex Alexa camera systems for their strong colour rendering, latitude and cinematic qualities. They waited for the Alexa ‘M’ camera system, which has reduced the size and weight of the Alexa 3D rigs by 20%, for greater mobility on location.
Demetri Portelli, the film’s stereographer says: “This is an important film for the 3D industry, Jean-Pierre is a master filmmaker who is shooting very ambitious material on a modest budget. The film stands to prove that extraordinary 3D images can be created of the highest quality with a director who visualizes the story from its inception to be shot in ‘native 3D capture.’ Jean-Pierre embraced the medium with on-set 3D systems to tell the story of ‘T.S. Spivet.’ The director will seize many 3D opportunities ‘in the moment’ as he blocks the scenes and composes his shots. I am amazed at Jeunet’s storyboards and how he conceived the film originally in 3D from the script stage. He is playing with the depth space and the timing for his 3D moments.”
“I’m incredibly pleased to be debuting the Alexa ‘M’ in 3D with the support of ARRI and CPG.” affirms Ben Gervais (Engineer and Systems Supervisor), “Our main 3D rig is now comparable in size to a 35mm camera with a 1000 foot magazine. This allows a whole new level of agility while still capturing images of the highest artistic quality – we’ve shot days with more set-ups than some 2D features. Up to this point, if a production had to be more mobile it has meant sacrificing quality or reliability, with the Alexa-M, that’s no longer an issue – it has definitely saved us time.”
‘The Young and Prodigious Spivet’ will be coming to theatres fall, 2013.