Originally Posted by diesel_powered
Has anyone read anything about the production on this show? IMDB has a credit for a Red Camera tech, so I assume they were shooting on a Red One. I thought there were a number of scenes that had pretty conspicuous HD video production. It was interesting to see that on a primetime drama as most are either done on film or processed to resemble film. It ended up having a really raw, Michael Mann feel to it that I thought was a pretty interesting style choice.
Only read, perhaps at Reduser.net, that they'd use Red digital-cinema cameras as they did for E.R.'s final 7 episodes. E.R.'s final shows seemed to have a flat look, but it didn't seem as bad for Southland here.
Also curious to learn if they're shooting at ~4k with the Reds, then downconverting to 1080/24p. That could provide a big boost, resolution-wise, as discussed in the current thread about "400 Years of the Telescope."
, where its producer mentions they did down-scale from ~4k to 1080p.
Southland, being fictional, of course requires camera diffusion filters and lots of selective focusing to blur the backgrounds and save viewers from too much distracting fine detail. Also brings to mind a just-cited comment
about diffusion filters from a noted cinematographer. -- John