Originally Posted by ABCTV99
Yea I've seen a bunch of commercials and music videos shot anamorphic too. Actually in Scott Pilgrim
, it jumps back and forth between spherical for the regular scenes and anamorphic (for the bokeh effects).
Roger Deakins I think is using the updated Alexa for Skyfall
but he's shooting spherical as he is not a fan of anamorphic photography (I don't know that he's done a major feature in anamorphic though he said he flirted with the idea for a Coen Bros. movie that never worked out). Deakins is a fantastic cinematographer so I trust his instincts but the last few Bond movies have been Super 35 spherical cropped to 2.39 (though both Roberto Schafer's and Phil Meheux photography on Casino Royale
and Quantum of Solace
are beautiful) there is that great tradition of Bond films being anamorphic (same with sci-fi movies).
Ah, I missed that Deakins is the DP for Skyfall. He is a big Alexa and spherical 2.35 fan...and one of my favorite DPs, although I never worked with him. His wife is a script supervisor...and I did work with her once.
Personally, I would loved to have seen them be able to use the F65 so that they can deliver 4K or better. If the Red Epic has highlights under control, then it would have been a good choice, too. I don't think any variant of the Alexa is beyond 2K yet, but I could be wrong. It just sees light in a very pleasing way...and Deakins, among many others, likes it a lot.
The Alexa Studio is a hybrid in that it has an optical viewing system just like a film camera. That would be extremely attractive to Deakins because he, like many old school DPs, likes to study his lighting through the camera. He also insists on operating camera himself, so that is a good camera design for him.
Like you say, Casino Royale broke the Bond anamorphic tradition, but I liked it so much I haven't minded.