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03/12/2013

Anton/Bauer Selected For Cyber Punk Shoot

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When faced with the task of recreating writer/director Kanen Flowers' cyber-punk superhero world on screen for all-digital indie film Hero Punk, DP/Cinematographer Ferguson Sauve-Rogan turned to Anton/Bauer.
Hero Punk, a new independent feature film from Flowers (produced by Scruffy.TV), is a futuristic sci-fi thriller set in the year 2042. It tells the story of a dystopian society in which authorities look to eliminate people with mutant powers.
Over half of the film is being shot on a 1,100 sq. ft. green screen. The director heavily relied on post-production VFX tools to bring the complex digital world to life.
During filming, Rogan selected several Anton/Bauer DIONIC® 90 batteries, as well as a few Gold Mount® solutions, to power the three monitors and Zacuto Z-Finder EVF that accompany the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera he is using for production. Rogan's kit also includes RED EPIC cameras, Canon DSLRs and 35 mm film.
"Sure, we could run cable, but there are so many already in the studio that I don't want to add the cable clutter on the floor," says Rogan.
"I have recently been finding myself shooting more on the Blackmagic Digital Cinema Camera, which has an internal battery that can't be removed. Since it has a shorter life span than what I require, this forces me to go after a more professional battery solution. On Hero Punk, the Anton/Bauer DIONIC 90 batteries allow me to power a ridiculous amount of accessories on my camera so that the director and his staff can have a video village.
"Believe it or not, I only bring two DIONIC 90s with me when I shoot somewhere on location for OHA; they last us all day," says Rogan.
"I have yet to kill a battery. I just change them casually at lunch time. I can supply all of my gear with what I need, and I don't panic about not being near a wall charger. Plus, since I'm now free to move about, I can keep the camera package small and portable, so we can move several times in one day."
"We're going to have many more crazy back-to-back travel days coming up for OHA and the Anton/Bauer solution is going to save me a huge headache. Long-lasting and portability were two big perks that really allowed me to realize the power and benefits of the brand."
The DIONIC 90 offers a RealTime® display that continually updates the operator on remaining run-time and the state of the current charge. Weighing 1.8 pounds, the DIONIC 90 can be transported without restrictions under the IATA and DOT safety regulations. The 95Wh battery can handle a maximum load of six amps, and offers run times ranging from six hours at 15 watts to 1.75 hours at 50 watts.
"I never used to pay too much attention to my power solution," adds Rogan. "But then I began to notice that my RED EPIC kits usually came with V-mounts when I rented them. I found myself constantly getting annoyed when they would get loose. On all the broadcast work I've done, we've always had Anton/Bauer on the back with the company's Gold Mount, and it just feels more solid. It doesn't move at all while we're operating. I started requesting Gold Mounts and DIONIC 90's almost a year ago and I've been a fan ever since. When it comes to power, you really can't cut corners. It needs to be top notch because if your camera dies, productions, such as Hero Punk and Our Happy Apocalypse, will come to a grinding halt."
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