May 22, 2017 at 6:55PM


Cameras and Lenses for TV Drama?

Hello NFS,
I would like to ask for suggestions on the Camera and Lenses for TV drama. Since the budget is limited, I'm thinking of Pairs of Sony FS7 mark I and the new cine lenses Fujinon MK18-55mm & MK55-135. What do you think?
One more thing, the Raw footages cost too much for TV drama serie. So what if I use XAVC-I ?
One other thing, Since the TV require only Full HD. Should I shoot on 2k or 1080p or 4k then down to 1080p?



This is too broad a question to be properly answered. The "TV Drama" genre that I'm enjoying right now is really cinematic TV: The Crown, The Man in the High Castle, The Handmaids Tale, etc. Such TV dramas are very different than, say, Castle and Supernatural. These new Fujinon Zooms are certainly a breakthrough in terms of price/performance, so much so that you could probably afford a second 18-55 in case you needed two wide shots, or even a second 55-135 in case you needed two tele shots. Alternatively, you can get one of each of these zooms, and then pick up a prime or two to make your life easier when shooting on a gimbal (if you plan to do so).

On the 4K vs. 2K question, don't underestimate the value of reframing, especially if you plan to have one or both cameras on gimbals. In such cases you really want to frame wide and then crop to the stabilized image. But generally I find that it's much easier (and more stress-free) to frame wide and crop than it is to try to squeeze everything perfectly into the frame.

I don't have any experience with XAVC-I. I shoot everything RAW (on my REDs) and I love the colors and the quality that gives me.

May 25, 2017 at 6:02AM


Hello Michael,
Thanks for your comment. Since you shoot everything in RAW, how do you manage it?
I mean, something like TV drama will takes so long, so it will takes too much time for color grading and even countless hard drives. Would you mind telling me your workflow working with like 4k RAW for TV dramas?


May 25, 2017 at 6:09PM

Rh Oudom
Director / DoP / VFX

I don't shoot for TV Drama. I shoot concerts and studio sessions. I typically shoot about 500MB/hour per camera (so 1.5TB per hour). I have large RAID systems and LTO-6 backup, so not a problem. As for the time it takes for color grading--that's not time spent, but time invested. Getting a good look for the client is what it's all about!

Again, some TV shows do have that "default video" look. The and Netflix original drama series I enjoy most are beautifully shot, edited, and graded. The writing and acting is pretty good, too!

May 26, 2017 at 3:35AM


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