August 13, 2015 at 10:25AM

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An Open Letter to Red Digital Cinema

Dear Red Digital Cinema,

My name is Brendan O’Toole. I have been in love with movies my entire life, and it is only within the last five years or so that I have been able to really pursue my dreams of working on movies. I purchased a Red Epic about a year ago, for the purpose of completing several projects that I was working on, and I made the switch to Dragon with ease.

I was recently on a feature film set where my Red Dragon took a nasty fall, and it took me down with it. Going into details here isn’t necessary, but it was bad enough to send me to the ER.

As I was getting x-rayed to check whether or not I had actually broken any bones, my Producer was relaying texts to me that not only had the camera survived what had taken me down, they were back up and shooting with absolutely no real problems to my camera. The footage survived, despite the card having bounced out of the camera body.

The only damage the camera took was cosmetic, and I know for sure that this type of incident would have destroyed other cameras. I’ve seen it happen first hand, as well as been the cause several times. My Red Dragon not only came through this potential disaster virtually unscathed (a single cable took minor cosmetic damage), its durability saved our micro-budget production.

I am writing to say thank you for building the Red as such a tank. It was worth absolutely every penny, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with your cameras for years to come.

Thank you,

Brendan O’Toole
Red Dragon # 07274

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Brendan, Brent from RED here. Thanks for posting this experience! Stoked that the camera kept rocking on - and, more importantly, that you are okay and, hopefully, your recovery is going well.

Keep shooting...

August 19, 2015 at 6:57PM, Edited August 19, 6:57PM

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PS, whenever it hits, would love to see the project you shot...

August 19, 2015 at 7:03PM, Edited August 19, 7:05PM

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Hey Brendan, glad you are ok and glad that you and your camera made it through battle . These are the kind of stories that motivate us to keep doing what we are do so thanks for sharing.

Jarred Land

August 19, 2015 at 7:08PM

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Thank you for your responses!

The IMDB link to our film is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4828304/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

August 20, 2015 at 11:21PM

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They say this a lot in sports but "availability is the best ability"
on a real job it's always important to have a reliable camera system.

August 23, 2015 at 5:32PM

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