"Green Room"

  Trapped by a gang of neo-Nazis, "Green Room" follows a band of punk rockers fighting for their lives in this independent crime thriller.

  Riding on the success of his 2013 film "Blue Ruin", Jeremy Saulnier chose Oregon for his latest film "Green Room".  Local producer Neil Kopp ("Nightmoves", "Meek's Cutoff", "Paranoid Park,") teamed up with Saulnier to bring the thriller to Oregon.  Shooting locations included Astoria, Mt. Hood and the Portland area. 

  The combination of crew, locations and the film incentive funds persuaded the Green Room team to shoot in Oregon.  Director of Photography Sean Porter used an Arri Alexa Classic and Arri Alexa M with Cooke Speed Panchros for the film.  

  Staring Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek-The Next Generation" and "X-Men") and Imogen Poots ("28 Weeks Later"), Green Room has been getting rave reviews at Cannes, Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.  This film is not to be missed.

Camera Department:

Director of Photography: Sean Porter

B Camera Operator: Phil Anderson

Steadicam Operator: Noah Dille

First Assistant Camera: Patrick Quinn

Second Assistant Camera: Mike Crockett

D.I.T.: Sean Rawls

Rusted Rooster Media in the Yukon Territory

Rusted Rooster Media out of Michigan hooked up with Koerner Camera Systems to bring a higher level of production to a recent reality hunting program shot deep in the Yukon Territory of Canada.  Rusted Rooster wanted to step up the imagery of their new show which will air on Animal Planet.  

  In previous hunting shows, Rusted Rooster used a variety of formats including DSLRs, large format digital cameras, and traditional broadcast cameras.  

  Koerner Camera suggested that they look into the Arri Amira.  The Amira is a digital cinema camera specially designed for handheld documentary use with the same sensor as the revered Arri Alexa, and is capable of frame rates up to 200 frames per second.  

  KCS received two brand new Arri Amiras a few days before the shoot.  Our staff as well as the camera crew did not have time to take the Amiras through the paces but we had confidence in Arriflex to have the cameras ready for the task.  

  After taking a couple of plane flights, a helicopter ride and 26 miles on horseback to the hunting base camp, the Amiras performed flawlessly.  The locations were stunning as well as the imagery.  

  The package consisted of two Arri Amiras, two Fujinon 19-90mm Cabrio Zoom Lenses, two IB/E 2x extenders, twelve Sandisk 120GB CFast 2.0 cards as well as a grip of the new stackable PAG gold mount batteries.  

  The PAG batteries are revolutionary in their design with the ability to stack up to three batteries together to have longer battery life and the ability of the camera operator to change out the rear batteries without powering down the camera.  Be sure to catch Rusted Roosters' new hunting show this summer on Animal Planet and see for yourself how the Amiras captured the action.  

Camera Crew:

Director of Photography:   Jamieson Crast

Operator:  Mikel Cook

 

"Wild"

Koerner Camera Systems is proud to be associated with Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon, nominee for best actress by both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Produced by Fox Searchlight, Witherspoon portrays Cheryl Strayed's troubled character while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the mid 90's.  

This gritty and honest adaptation of Strayed's memoir is eye-opening and inspiring. Director of Photography Yves Bélanger, CSC (Dallas Buyer's Club) teams up once again with director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyer's Club) to give Strayed's journey a real and minimalistic look.  

The equipment used in Wild included two Arri Alexa XT cameras shooting Arriraw to Codex along with Zeiss Master Primes for contemporary scenes and Zeiss Super Speeds which were used for flashback scenes.  The amount of light used on Wild was minimal most of the film was shot with available light without even altering it.  The challenging focus pulls were pulled off with the heroics of first assistant camera Paul Santoni.

"Wild" truly showcases the beauty and diversity of the State of Oregon.  Over 55 locations were utilized in the filming of "Wild", more locations than any other film shot in Oregon to date.  These locations included difficult and foreboding terrain along the Pacific Crest Trail from Southern Oregon, the Central Oregon High Desert to Mt. Hood and The Bridge of the Gods.

 

Camera Department:       

Director Of Photography: Yves Bélanger, CSC                                                                                     

First Assistant Camera: Paul Santoni                                                                                          

Second Assistant Camera: Liam Sinnott                                                                                    

Loader: Laura Roe

"If Not For This"

IF NOT FOR THIS is a new novel by acclaimed writer Pete Fromm and the motion piece, created by StraightEIGHT Films, is the new promotional book trailer.   

  The challenge presented on this project to the production team was telling a visual story that hints at what's to come in the book, while not giving too much away, leaving the reader to create her own world based on the novel's cinematic story telling.  Director Matthew J. Clark and DP Doug Hostetter worked closely with Pete to craft the visuals.  Shooting along the banks of the Cle Elum River up-stream from Roslyn, WA, the crew spent a day capturing the images shooting on RED Epic in quadHD and a Black Magic Pocket Cine Camera both on land, in the boat and underwater.     The choice for using the Cooke Speed Panchro lens set was easy - the subtle roll off to out of focus was desirable and getting interesting flares from direct light sources hits while retaining contrast and sharpness made them ideal.  Additionally, their compact size made life easier for AC Jason Knoll as he got the camera in some interesting positions.  To take the look and feel a step further and to impart an ethereal feel, Hostetter used plastic, mylar and other various translucent objects to shoot through, distorting the image and nudging the flares a little further.   "Stacking up the Cooke Speed Panchros against other lenses made them the clear choice.  They create beautiful color rendition, a sharp feel but an other-worldy like focus quality that is lush, gently rolling off to out of focus and they have a bokeh that really made them attractive for a water based project."  -Matthew J. Clark, Director

  The challenge presented on this project to the production team was telling a visual story that hints at what's to come in the book, while not giving too much away, leaving the reader to create her own world based on the novel's cinematic story telling.  Director Matthew J. Clark and DP Doug Hostetter worked closely with Pete to craft the visuals.  Shooting along the banks of the Cle Elum River up-stream from Roslyn, WA, the crew spent a day capturing the images shooting on RED Epic in quadHD and a Black Magic Pocket Cine Camera both on land, in the boat and underwater.  

  The choice for using the Cooke Speed Panchro lens set was easy - the subtle roll off to out of focus was desirable and getting interesting flares from direct light sources hits while retaining contrast and sharpness made them ideal.  Additionally, their compact size made life easier for AC Jason Knoll as he got the camera in some interesting positions.  To take the look and feel a step further and to impart an ethereal feel, Hostetter used plastic, mylar and other various translucent objects to shoot through, distorting the image and nudging the flares a little further.  

"Stacking up the Cooke Speed Panchros against other lenses made them the clear choice.  They create beautiful color rendition, a sharp feel but an other-worldy like focus quality that is lush, gently rolling off to out of focus and they have a bokeh that really made them attractive for a water based project."  -Matthew J. Clark, Director

 

"This Place"

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This Place is an interactive photo journal centered around a short film that explores the richly cultured Pacific Northwest coastline created by PDX creative studio, Instrument

Their crew wanted the main film to have a cinematic and timeless weight to it, very natural color and nothing too sharp.

"The Arri Alexa was our go-to for this type of look and gave us great results. We also used a Red Scarlet in some areas where we needed to be more mobile. Together, they cut in pretty nicely." - Truen Pence, Director

 

"The Build"

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The Build is a documentary to highlight three Portland characters (Thor, James, Casey) in the custom motorcycle building industry by Truen Pence, resident filmmaker at Instrument

In addition to filming in and around their Portland-based shops, the team captured the iconic places that Thor, James and Casey often ride like The Gorge and Mount Hood. A small crew followed the builders around in a mini-van that doubled as an off-road camera mount, an Arri Alexa, an Instrument-made DSLR helmet mount and a 31-foot jib. We ended up with over twenty-four hours of footage.

"One of my favorite moments was capturing Thor in front of Mt. Hood at Sunset for our final shot. I knew right away that’d be the first thing you see when you came to thebuildfilm.com." - Director Truen Pence

"The Build" premiered to a packed house on March 28th, 2013 at Instrument Outpost. Online, the film has garnered over 100,000 views from people in 149 countries. Individually nearly 9,000 frames of the film were shared on social networks and blogs around the world. The site/film is featured as FWA's "Site of the Day" and Adobe's "Cutting Edge Project of the Week".