2022 Emmy Nominee HBO Series HACKS Entirely Shot on the RED V-Raptor

It seems that the latest RED V-Raptor was exclusively used on the set of the Emmy-Nominated series HACKS Season 2.

For those of you who might not be aware,  HACKS tells the story of legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance who teams up with an entitled, outcast television writer in this hilariously dark comedy series.

In Season 2, the story continues to evolve as the two characters travel across the country workshopping Deborah’s new stand-up act.

Recently, cinematographer of the show Adam Bricker and Naida Albright from RED had an insightful discussion regarding the workflow using the latest RED offering along with the principles established in Season 1 and applying them to new environments, storylines, and character development.

Check out the whole interview below, to find out more as Adam and Naida dive deeper into specific scenes and the impacts of set design, wardrobe, lighting, and smallest of details that made the biggest difference in achieving the looks of the entire show.

RED V-Raptor is the first RED camera that sports a DSMC3 body using RED PRO CFexpress cards instead of RED Mini Mags. The unit has a compact form factor only slightly larger than the RED KOMODO.

It also boasts a 35.4MP CMOS Vista Vision sensor (40.96mm x 21.60mm) capable of shooting 8K RAW up to 120fps alongside 6K up to 198fps (in Super 35 mode), 4K up to 240fps, and 2K up to 480fps in 17:9 mode.

One of the handy new features of the V-Raptor is the dedicated user display on the side of the camera with an intuitive interface designed for camera assistants who need to adjust settings such as LUTs, controls, presets, formats, and general configuration.

Using RED Raw, the V-Raptor also captures color in 16-bit RAW and uses RED’s IPP2 workflow and color management for greater color accuracy and gamut.

Image Credit: RED

In order to achieve the natural energetic, run-and-gun comedic feel of this season, Bricker chose to shift from Panavision’s DXL2 with MONSTRO sensor that was used on Season 1, to RED’s new flagship, small-bodied V-Raptor system.

“It worked so well paring this robust modern digital sensor with this older vintage glass telling the generational story of a young comedian and an older comedian.”, Briker states.

The RED V-Raptor is available for a retail price of $24,500 from RED direct, or authorized resellers. It comes with a free four–year extended warranty.

Users can also download the latest firmware update and sample R3D files at RED’s Support page.

[source: RED]

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