I like the old lenses but why not go for broke and shoot with old 35mm Arri 35SRs too while they're at it?
Because they don't produce a television series to "go for broke". Shooting on the Alexa is much cheaper than 35mm film. A majority of television series are shot with digital cameras these days. That's why Fuji is out of the film business and Kodak had to declare bankruptcy.
Boo that they got rid of the steadicam. One thing I never liked was the overly shaky cam handheld shots.
Watch the handheld shots on The Americans. You can get steady handheld shots with some effort and it helps that they shoot with wide lenses. They're doing the camera motion on dolly tracks instead of having the camera operator walk around.
Now that it's not a spoiler, DP Richard Rutkowski said he was proud of last night's scene where Phillip is driving the expatriate Soviet hostage from the warehouse:
You can see he does not want to listen to a word this man says. We did that as a driving scene in the rain, with light coming on and off our guest star, but the light was consistently on Philip so you could see how the words were hitting him.
Edited by scowl, Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:07 AM.