InCinematographer - Issue 1 - June 2017 - 23
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Howden Chooses ALEXA Mini
It's been a successful and busy time for Adam Howden ACS recently, not only did he receive ACS
accreditation but he also took the plunge and purchased a camera...
owden has used his ARRI ALEXA Mini camera all
across Australia, most recently in Darwin where
even with high temperatures and humidity the Mini
didn't miss a beat.
"I've had the camera in cars, cranes, boats and
planes, and it just keeps on keeping on. Being able to
rely on the camera and emphatically trust the images
you can create with the sensor really does put your
mind at ease. You can push it all over the place and it
just produces great pictures."
Howden wanted a camera that had several
features, all related to quality and functionality: "I
wanted a camera that had great dynamic range, high
resolution, a true anamorphic-sized sensor, could
shoot high speed and frankly had the 'ALEXA' look
for the right price. In other words, nothing but the
ALEXA Mini would do."
In the last year Adam has shot a diverse range of
TVCs and a short film on the Mini. He's about to shoot
his debut feature film with it, already familiar with
"There's no more advanced or
cost-effective way to track in-studio
cameras, on pedestals or handheld,
for virtual set production"
Adam Howden, ACS
ACS, using his
the camera's low light images and HDR capability.
"On Fidget and Foil, part of a series of short films
produced for the ABC, I shot anamorphic and pushed
the camera to 1600 ISO at 50fps for a lot of the night
scenes and it looked gorgeous. That fact that I can be
shooting low-light high-ISO anamorphic one day and
bright backlit daylight with the internal NDs the next
makes life with the camera simple and elegant."
Howden, delighted with his purchase, continues
to draw on the Mini's form and function adding: "I
shoot a lot of handheld and having a smaller camera
package is a big advantage as I can pack it down and
easily take it interstate. It's also industry standard,
so it interfaces with everyone elses gear easily, and
it's an ALEXA, so you can pretty much trust it to be