Helmed by Legendary Chinese Director Zhang Yimou, Film is Most Expensive Ever Shot Entirely in China
In the harsh, rugged and remote environment of north-western China, legendary Chinese director Zhang Yimou and Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding turned to the SHOTOVER K1 for the sci-fi, action film’s intense 3D battle sequences. Equipped with the groundbreaking Alexa XT camera and Angenieux Optimo 24-290 lens, the SHOTOVER K1 provided tack sharp images even at full zoom.
“The SHOTOVER K1 allowed us to push the limits of our creativity, capturing breathtaking footage in an austere environment where we had little room for error or delay,” said aerial coordinator Alan Purwin.
Aerial director of photography Dylan Goss added, “No other aerial camera system provides the level of flexibility, control and uncompromising image quality that the K1 delivers. Audiences are going to be blown away by both the scope and agility of the aerial sequences.”
SHOTOVER’s success in China also includes the recent sale of two SHOTOVER F1 camera systems to production house Beijing Quan Shi Jiao Culture Communication Co., Ltd. Founded by cinematographer Zhao, the company specializes in motion picture and television production, special effects and rental.
In addition to his work on The Great Wall, Zhao has served as the director of photography on a number of China’s biggest productions including Curse of the Golden Flower, Flowers of War and True Legend. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on House of Flying Daggers.
“SHOTOVER systems represent the next generation in aerial cinematography, allowing filmmakers to work faster and more efficiently while delivering breathtaking results from the latest cinema cameras and lenses,” said Zhao. “I am pleased to being able to offer our clients the opportunity to utilize SHOTOVER systems on their own productions going forward.”
With a budget of $135 million, The Great Wall is the most expensive film ever to be shot entirely in China. Hong Kong film icon and box-office heavyweight Andy Lau will star alongside Damon. Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal and Jing Tian will play supporting roles. The film is scheduled for release in November 2016 by Universal Pictures and is being produced by Legendary East, Le Vision Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and China Film Group.