Since its inception in 1956, the Vietnam National Studio for Documentary Scientific Film has subscribed to one goal: to produce stunning films and videos showcasing the beauty and magnificence of Vietnam as well as the country’s scientific and arts achievements.
To ensure top-notch quality for its productions, the government-run facility, situated in Hanoi, has almost exclusively used 35mm film. Fast forward to 2016, and DSF like many production houses and film companies around the world is making the switch to the digital realm of 4K.
DSF scored a first for Vietnam when it acquired Sony’s flagship F65 4K CineAlta™ camera to shoot tourism and nature-related films.
The F65 is a dream camera inspired by some of the best directors of photography. With a remarkable 8K sensor, it is able to create 16-bit linear RAW output at 4K, 2K and 1080p. It records 60 frames per second 4K by 2K and 120 frames per second by 4K and 1K. It also offers a dynamic range that exceeds film. In many ways, the F65 is a camera designed for big time movie productions, so what drew DSF to the F65?
Pham Thi Tuyet, General Director of DSF explains: “As we are shooting films that depict the beauty of Vietnam, it is only right to use the world’s best cameras. Another big draw of the F65 is the superb ‘filmic’ quality it produces, thanks to its super 35mm sensors.
“Our cameramen used the F65 with ease as it is very much designed and operates like a classic 35mm motion picture film camera, with far greater resolution, of course.”
A long-time user of Sony equipment, DSF found the workflow with Sony products made the learning curve for their camera and tech crew a lot easier.
Says Pham: “We have been using Sony products for a long time, and besides their excellent build quality, reliable after-sales service, the workflow integration between existing and new Sony products is almost seamless.”
Besides the F65, DSF had earlier invested in two units of the PMW-F55 4K CineAlta™ camera.
One of the most sought-after 4K cameras in the world, the F55 delivers the widest colour gamut, superb dynamic range and pristine image quality, whether it is HD, 2K, QFHD or 4K.
And unlike its big brother the F65, the F55 is exceptionally small, light and modular, allowing DSF to build up the right configuration for each job or each shot.
The fact that a government-run studio like DSF has invested in the top-of-the-line F65 and the F55 underscores Vietnam’s push to embrace innovation and technology.
“DSF’s role is to portray Vietnam in the best possible way. We submit our films for European film festivals and we are very proud of our high-quality work.
“With the cutting-edge technology from our latest Sony CineAlta™ cameras, DSF is confident of reaching new milestones in film production,” adds Pham.