What Cameras Do Hollywood Films Use?

What Types of Cameras?

Have you ever wondered what types of cameras were used on your favorite films? Have you ever seen a movie in theaters and wondered to yourself, what kind of camera would it take to make a film like that? What kind of camera did they use? Have no fear, I’ve come to answer your questions. Actors studying film will love this article. The first distinction to make is between films shot digitally and those shot on film. In the last 10 to 15 years, motion pictures being made digitally has become much more popular. I can also tell you I have never shot a film on actual film. Every film I have ever made was shot digitally and I’m fairly certain that is the way I’m going to proceed in the future.

Listed on IMDb pro are what cameras are used on what films. These are only the top grossing live-action films. If you want to talk about other films, some which are maybe more critically acclaimed, such as having won or been nominated to an Academy Award, then this article doesn’t cover that. I can tell you what types of cameras are used in Hollywood films in the past 2 years. I can’t tell you about every single film listed on IMDb, or even those that made a theatrical release. In this article, you will find an answer to the types of cameras used on the top 5 grossing films for the past 2 years. This would be for the years 2016 and 2015.

Top Grossing Films

The top 5 grossing live-action films of 2016 were Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The top 5 grossing live-action films of 2015 were Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

The Cameras Used

Actors studying film want to know about the equipment on set. Some of these motion pictures were shot on both film and digitally. However, for these blockbuster hits, they only used two different brands of cinema camera for the digital side of things. They also only used two for those shot on film. These are Arri and Red for those shot digitally, and Arri and Panavision for those shot on film. The most common type of digital Arri camera used is an Arri Alexa XT and the newer model of this camera is listed at an MSRP of $74,000. The most common Red camera used is a Red Epic Weapon and it’s currently listed at an MSRP of $29,000.

These are expensive cameras and may surprise you if you are hearing the prices of these for the first time. Some actors studying film want to know how much it really cost. These are MSRP prices for the camera body only. The cost of lenses is usually as much or more than the cost of a camera body. These are only two components of cinematography, with cinematography being only one component of making a motion picture.

In making a motion picture, these are the most common cameras used. One cool application of this knowledge pertains to video production. All the commercials you see on TV or those nice promotional videos you’ve seen on the law firm’s website you were dreaming about working for, most likely hired a production company that used these cameras. There are other cinema camera brands out there, but Arri and Red are huge in the industry. Red is a big favorite in the local video production market here in Austin, Texas, where Holloman Films is located.