How come Dragon's 6K just as noisy as the "darling" 2.8K Arri Alexa? It's not all about the bigger photosites, you know.
Turn the sharpness knob back a little when needed. Or filter in-camera. Or use grain emulation in post like FilmConvert to mask fine details in faces. But you supposed to know that already.
>The Epic uses around 8:1 compression in its RAW codec.
It's called REDCODE and you can dial lower than 8:1.
First of all, good luck with Ridley and Dariusz, they're RED guys now. Second, good luck with Nolan or Tarantino, especially Tarantino. Quentin's living in the ocean of nostalgia so much he hates digital projection even. Thank Lord it's not up to him to decide, but at least on the acquisition part he's 100% celluloid, shooting The Hateful Eight on 65mm Kodak film stock. (Can't wait, btw). P.T. Anderson is a film man too. I would be surprised if any camera brand could convert him to video anytime soon.
Wally is okay with modern high-end digital projectors and once said he'd switch over to digital when it's gonna offer him everything film can do and more. Which probably means excellent overexposure latitude, rich colors, fine tight grain texture when pushed. And all of that in 65mm, at least.