They probably wanted more resolution than the Mini offers to match the Arri 65 footage.
They are using the Canon on a motion control system to shoot a miniature. Look closely at what it is shooting; you can even see the edge of the table the model landscape is sitting on.
Not that many years ago that would have been a Fries modified Mitchell film camera weighing about 60 lbs shooting film.
A quick search of IMDB...
Matthew Jensen, ASC
Cinematographer (29 credits)
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You wouldn't be a Australian VFX / Director / Producer? Does your crew know that you think they are a bunch of overpaid whiners?
I was in IATSE at one point and of course that came with a lot of benefits.
I've also been in this business since the early days, so I've experienced all of this first hand on an international basis.
But if we are talking about the decline of the VFX business in the US, then the unfortunate truth is that being in a union wouldn't stop the work from being outsourced.
Local unions would make a difference as far as working conditions go. Maybe then fx workers in the UK would be paid overtime, but they would have to first revoke the exemption the industry was granted from labor laws.
But the moment you formed a union and increased wages and benefits or stopped the erosion of them the studios would move on to the next country where they are given a better deal. That is why they are now pushing for India.
A union won't stop the studios from outsourcing to Canada, India, New Zealand or the UK. Just like the other unions in Hollywood etc can't stop productions from shooting in Vancouver or the UK. You would need a global VFX union and that is never going to happen.
VFX in the US has been killed by massive tax breaks and other incentives (including relaxed labor laws with no overtime. I'm looking at you London) that are being offered by foreign countries that the studios were eager to accept. Here in the US we did nothing to counter that. And now that India is in the game there is no way to compete with their low wages. I wouldn't be surprised if a few years from now India does to the UK, Canada etc what they did to the US.
Part of the problem has to do with our political system here in the US. We have become a borderline banana republic, where our representatives only listen to the wealthy and influential. Whom do you think a US politician is going to listen to? A big studio that can make a big campaign contribution or a few VFX artists who are just your average tax payer? The current system works just fine for the studios. They are saving a ton of money, making huge profits and don't care whatsoever about US workers. Until the studios complain nothing will change and VFX in the US will continue it's decline.