“About Dry Grasses”
Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, DoPs: Cevahir Sahin and Kursat Uresin
Format: 4K Anamorphic 6:5
Camera: Sony Venice
Lenses: Cooke Anamorphic/i SF
Aim: The reason why we preferred anamorphic lenses was to convey to the audience the difficulty of the environment where our characters live, the loneliness they experience in this challenging place, and how the harsh nature puts pressure on their living spaces even when they withdraw into their own world. We also wanted to see how that difficult nature and harsh conditions embrace them when they’re happy.
We tested to a few different cameras for this project and finally we decided on the Sony Venice. The Venice has more color gamut than traditional film and more favorable 2.39:1 ratio 6:5 6K full frame maximum resolution when using anamorphic lenses. 16+ dynamic range also dual ISO giving very good low light performance which is we needed in this movie for most of the night scenes.
The new sensor gave us to opportunity to capture shadow details in the darkest areas and details in the brightest areas, from darkest scenes to very heavy snowy scenes, pressuring tones, colors and texture; it was almost important for us to have natural, smooth and silky skin tones, plus built in ND’ies are very useful when you are using double filter on the mattebox.
We had chance to work with this camera in very cold winter conditions like -30 degrees Celcius (-22 F), very hot summer conditions like 40 degrees Celcius (104 F) and studio conditions, and we got really good performance from the Sony Venice.