Bayhem: Michael Bay’s RED Helium 8K Camera Makes Us Green With Envy

beyhemBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

As Michael Bay continues to shoot the fifth installment of the Transformer’s saga, The Last Knight, the awesome director has taken some time off to shoot a Victoria Secret ad, and to show everyone his new RED Helium 8K camera, affectionately known as “Bayhem.” And it’s GREEN!

RED – made me a custom camera. It incorporated some of my thoughts into making the most advanced, best hand held motion picture camera in the business.” – Michael Bay on the RED Helium, Instagram

RED's Jarred Land, Michael Bay, and Michael Tremblay
RED’s Jarred Land, Michael Bay, and Michael Tremblay

This is the second custom built RED camera having been presented to a director. In the Spring, RED built a DRAGON 6K rig in a special housing called the “Xenomorph,” which was presented to House of Cards director David Fincher, who used it to shoot Netflix’s new series, Mindhunter. Though it had a cool custom look, it was still really just the same 6K Dragon internally.

But Bay is proudly bragging that “Bayhem” is the only one of it’s kind in the world. Bay has been working with Jarred Land and the RED Team to create a camera that is more ergonomically comfortable to shoot with handheld. Since it doesn’t shoot in Vista Vision, RED was able to stuff a Super 35 mm sensor with 8K resolution by making the pixels smaller … down to 3.65 microns.

Other features of the Helium 8K Camera include:

  1. Helium 35.4 megapixel CMOS sensor (super 35mm)
  2. 8192 x 4320 resolution
  3. 60 fps at 8K full-frame with Redcode Raw, 75 fps at 2.4:1, up to 240fps at 2K
  4. Other codecs include: Apple ProRes HQ, 422, and 422LT at 4K, Avid DNcHR
  5. 16.5+ stops dynamic range
  6. Supports 33x33x33 – 17x17x17 3D LUTs, other LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module
  7. Max data rate of up to 300mb/s using RED MiniMag
  8. Magnesium and aluminum alloy construction

bayhemWe also now know what the medallion is on the side of the camera. At first I thought it was some sort of spotlight. Turns out it’s just purely aesthetic, being a medallion in the likeness of the Transformer villain Megatron.

The Helium grabbed headlines not only because Bay is believed to have shot with it on Transformers: The Last Knight, which is likely to be his final contribution to the Hasbro tentpole, but also because RED recently sold 20 of the new cameras in under ten minutes.

Land then got our attention by loaning out his personal Helium to a young nineteen-year-old filmmaker, who made a cool short film called The Underdog. That film has become the first test footage and it looks remarkable.

From Fincher to Bay to the next generation, Land says that RED exists to push the envelope and give them the tools they need to tell their story.

“This is why we do what we do,” Land concluded. “For filmmakers like this.”

Hat Tip – /Film

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