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According to a digital cinematography magazine, Hugo was shot with dual ARRI Alexa digital cameras mounted on a recently refined James Cameron designed 3D rig (originally created for Avatar).
Here's the problem... they decided to capture the film at only 1920x1080p/24 per eye, no better than Blu-ray quality! From what I've read, the current Alexa "brain" can only output 2k files, and may need a redesign to do 4k or higher, though it already has a 4k CMOS chip. Sony has a new competing digital camera rig that has a 5k chip and one with an 8k chip. They also added a mechanical shutter to try and minimize the "Jell-O like" motion artifacts created by CMOS technology.
With all this blunderbuss about 4k/5k (35mm quality) and 8k (65mm quality) digital cinematography using newly designed cameras and high pixel density sensors, 4k Blu-ray discs, and 4k displays, the industry is still seemingly stuck at a 2k and lower mindset. Many post houses are still only doing 2k digital DI's as well from 35mm negatives.
At least Peter Jackson is supposedly using almost the full potential of the RED Epic and shooting at 4k and 48 fps on the upcoming The Hobbit (the RED can go up to 60 fps and uses a 5k CMOS chip). David Fincher also reportedly used the 4k mode of the RED for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
But that seems to be the exception and not the rule. It may take years for the potential of 4k consumer media and displays to take hold.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!