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two cameras were often run simultaneously, and for action sequences still more were employed, sometimes capturing in different formats. “We had a wonderful sequence in season two where we recreated a Palio horserace on the back lot, and we generated a lot of different angles with the Alexas and Canon 5D and 7D DSLRs,” says Sarossy. “One thing that was particularly surprising and wonderful was that the stuntman supervising the horse wrangling did a lot of rehearsals using a tiny Drift HD video camera. That camera is typically used for extreme sports, and we used it to get some great shots for the sequence. We put it on a boom pole, and while the horses are racing the camera is right in there among them, pretty much at belly level. Those are shots we couldn’t have done any other way.” The mix of formats also included 35mm film, which was used in an Arri 435 housed in a splash bag for a few underwater situations. Postproduction for The Borgias

was based in Toronto, where Sarossy worked with colorist Ross Cole at Technicolor. “I did as much in-camera as I could,” notes the cinematographer. “We’re now in an age where you can do all your flagging and netting in the DI suite, but I prefer to do it there and then [on set] and then just tweak the look [in post].” Cole had access to DVD copies of the offline edit, but he worked from the camera’s original ProRes files for his grade. He notes, “Having previously finished all four seasons of The Tudors, I’d witnessed the cinematographer’s challenge to use and/or emulate completely natural light sources for a period piece. For The Borgias, I strove to render a color balance that yielded the best look from Paul’s remarkable photography.” Sarossy and Jordan agree that their firmly established style, the additional sets and the Alexa’s performance have added scope and texture to the storytelling this season. “I think the

second season is superior to the first in all respects,” Sarossy maintains. “On one level, we were trying to maintain consistency with the look that had been established, but we were far subtler. We were able to exploit the successes of the first season and avoid the failings. Within that mix, the Alexa has allowed us to do so much more. We could revisit [certain aspects of the story], and the camera just brought them to life in a way that was quite wonderful and unexpected.” ●

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1.78:1 Digital Capture and 35mm Arri Alexa, 435; Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 7D; Drift HD Cooke S4, Angenieux Optimo Kodak Vision3 500T 5219

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President’s Desk
Short Takes: Polaris campaign
Production Slate: Footnote4:44 Last Day on Earth
Vice at the Vatican
Back to School
Sundance Standouts
Filmmakers’ Forum: Haskell Wexler, ASC
New Products & Services
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