Mirrorless monster: Thriller film “Cadaver” to be shot entirely with a Sony a7S II


posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:47 PM EDT


Coming to a theater near you this summer, Cadaver - a horror-thriller movie starring Shay Mitchell ("Pretty Little Liars") - will be the first movie shot entirely with a Sony a7S II camera. In Cadaver, disgraced ex-cop and recovering addict Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) must take a graveyard shift at the morgue in the hospital where she got sober, but things get out of control when a suspicious cadaver is delivered.

“Not only is the α7S II right for my studio production,” said executive producer Glenn Gainor, “but it will help democratize storytelling around the world because it is a powerful camera accessible to people who may not otherwise be empowered to tell their story.” For Cadaver, the cameras are paired with large format Hawk 65 Anamorphic Lenses from Vantage in Germany and Atomos Shogun external recorders from Australia, built into Dallas-based Red Rock Micro’s rigs and wireless follow focus systems. Tiffen, of Los Angeles, provided its camera filters and Aero 30 Steadicam system for stabilized movement, and Small HD is providing electronic viewfinders and on-camera monitors.

The production will also be the first film to use the EmagiBlock system to construct its sets. The industry has typically built sets out of unrecyclable wooden flats: EmagiBlock uses reusable and recyclable materials, and sets are constructed more quickly and without the environmental footprint of wood.

Cadaver will be in U.S. theaters this August.

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