InCinematographer - Issue 2 - September 2017 - 12
www.incinematographer.com | Issue 2 | September 2017
Charters Takes on Sumo for
Kaiman Wong YouTube Shoot
Rodney Charters ASC has put the Atomos Sumo to test on a set for a Kaiman Wong production...
ollywood Director of Photography Rodney
Charters ASC has been one of the first to use
the new Atomos Sumo 19 production monitor and
recorder. Charters, best known for his work on
landmark series 24, teamed up Youtube star Kaiman
Wong, to shoot a comedy episode for his hugely
The duo teamed up in London and shot with fashion
model Maria Sergejeva in a variety of situations over
the course of two days. The video starts with Kai
photographing Maria, but soon the roles are reversed
and Kai dons a dress to model for Maria. The results
will soon be seen on Kai's own YouTube channel.
The Atomos Sumo 19 was used to monitor each
scene and Charters, who already uses Atomos
recorders extensively on his productions, was
enthusiastic about its capabilities.
Like many DPs Charters has to work with many
different cameras. For this shoot he used his camera
of choice, the ARRI Alexa, but is required to shoot
with other brands and sometimes smaller cameras
like the Panasonic GH5. The Sumo is compatible with
all of these cameras and has the ability to record
for immediate review on-set, or create video files
that can be handed off to director and producers.
The Sumo can handle single, dual and quad link SDI
connections, as well as a single HDMI input.
Charters was also able to utilise the Sumo's 1200nit
Atomos in action on set
Rodney Charters ASC with
Atomos Sumo 19
high brightness screen to work outside in daylight.
He used the Sumo's AtomHDR function to accurately
gauge exposure on-set and have the knowledge
that the images could be correctly graded in postproduction. Look up tables (LUTs) were also loaded
to the Sumo's internal memory to allow for rapid
preview of various creative 'looks' which can be
achieved easily in post-production.
cinematographers like Rodney Charters who require
the flexibility to monitor, record and review many
different types of cameras all in one package." The
Sumo 19 is shipping now worldwide. "I'm delighted
to be shipping out large quantities of the Sumo 19 on
time. I can't wait to see what our users produce with
it," said Young.
and Kaiman Wong
The Sumo was subjected to the rigours of onset use and Charters was impressed with the
ergonomics, build quality and ease of use. The whole
unit is designed for simplicity and is controlled via
The Sumo is the first of a new line of products
from Atomos. CEO Jeromy Young explains "we
specifically set out to meet the changing needs of
The Atomos Sumo 19-inch monitor recorder is
billed as the first production monitor that also
records 4K 12-bit Raw, 10bit ProRes/DNxHR, plus
1080p60 live switching and recording.
Clients and directors can see the true-to-life nature
of HDR in real-time away from the camera crew with
precision mapping of Log from every camera maker
and playback of PQ/HLG signals.
Full playback controls and XML tagging means that
they can also review footage and even create an
instant client lightweight ProResLT copy with baked
in LUTs and audio onto affordable SSD media.
In the studio the 19-inch Sumo becomes an
affordable yet incredibly powerful HDR monitor. With
10 stops dynamic range, 10-bit processing and X-Rite
calibration it will accept Log, PQ or HLG signals from
your grading software and display HDR.
Get HDR on set in real-time with on the fly Log to
Fashion shoot with
HDR and PQ/HLG playback complete with mission
critical scopes such as waveform, focus peaking,
false color and vectorscope on the calibrated screen.
Beyond monitoring, with up to 4Kp60 and 2Kp240
recording you can generate instant dailies and
proxies direct to affordable and available SSD media.
The combined monitor-recorder in the larger 19inch size gives focus pullers instant on set access
to footage with focus peaking, 2:1/1:1 zoom and the
ability to tag footage as XML files.
The high bright 1200nit monitor, sturdy builtin armour aluminium alloy design and variety of
mounting options makes it a go-anywhere, do-it-all
monitor-recorder for focus pullers.