American Cinematographer on Academy Award Winner ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
The current issue of American Cinematographer talks about the unique way Slumdog Millionaire was shot using the Silicon Imaging SI-Mini camera. Slumdog Millionaire won 8 Academy Awards at the 2009 Oscars, notably the one for Best Cinematography – a first for a digitally originated picture.
The small size of the SI-Mini and the unique recording options made it possible for DP Anthony Dod Mantle to shoot directly in the slums of Mumbai without drawing much attention to his crew. The footage was recorded to a laptop hidden in a backpack stuffed with dry ice.
The SI-Mini records to Cineform RAW and automatically stores SpeedGrade .Look information with each shot. The Silicon Imaging camera series are the first cameras to run a SpeedGrade color management system directly in the camera.
IRIDAS SpeedGrade, FrameCycler and MetaRender support the Cineform RAW and .Look data coming from the camera directly through RealTime RAW, without any transcoding steps.