BASED IN: USA
KNOWN FOR: Cinematography
SHOOTS WITH: FUJFIILM X-T3 Camera, FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 Lens and MKX50-135mmT2.9 Lens
When it comes to filmmaking, Matthew Libatique knows his stuff. The multi-award-winning cinematographer’s credits include Black Swan, Gothika and Pi, working alongside some of the biggest directors in Hollywood. Naturally, we were very excited when he started production of a new short film, A Different Beyond, shot exclusively on the FUJIFILM X-T3.
Summing up his motivations, Matthew told us: “What I want is to create imagery and emotion. I want people to feel entertained on the way to that point.”
A Different Beyond explores the supernatural abilities of a girl who is caught up in the activities of a cult-like organization with distinctly sinister motives.
“The film is about a group of young people who are institutionalized – caught up in a kind of cult that’s trying to build super humans of some kind,” Matty explains. “There is Zoe’s character, who has some kind of unusual marking on her body, and wants to escape.
“Zoe forms a connection with another boy and together they get away. When they are caught, Zoe unlocks this power that helps them get away. That power is representative of courage and the hope that the youth of today will be able to make a better society of their own.”
Matthew is well known for shooting his projects on unusual camera formats, such as Black Swan, which famously made use of small Super 16mm film cameras. “I’ve shot numerous films on FUJIFILM stock, such as Gothika and Requiem for a Dream. I like Fujifilm in general and its products, such as the X-T3, which are exciting,” he says.
“Features such as the Film Simulation modes are very nice, especially for a filmmaker. This is how we see things; we see in film.”
The X-T3’s extraordinary video capabilities are due largely to its new X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4. Data can be read from the new sensor at speeds 10x faster than the original X-Trans sensor. This helps achieve 10-bit 4K recording at 4:2:2.
“I wanted to put the X-T3 to the test, to find out ways of working in low light and how the camera acts with colors and heavy saturation. I put it through the kind of tests that I’d put any [movie industry] camera through. It’s done really well.”
Matthew considers having F-log on the X-T3 to be an important feature of the new camera. “I think it’s a really big achievement. Having this much latitude and dynamic range to play with is something that we really need when we make films,” he concludes.Watch A Different Beyond online and take a look at the behind the scenes film to see the FUJIFILM X-T3 in action.
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Matthew Libatique is a FUJIFILM-compensated professional cinematographer and director.