ARRI Collaborates With Freefly To Prove The Versatility of the ALEXA Mini

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Freefly Systems, the company behind the MōVI line of camera movement systems and CineStar multi-rotors, collaborated with ARRI to put its newest camera through its paces, the ALEXA Mini.

Freefly MōVI M15 + ALEXA Mini

Designed for use in mobile scenarios, the ALEXA Mini is the next iteration in the ALEXA line of cameras for film and television production. To demonstrate the camera’s capabilities, ARRI and Freefly matched the camera with the MōVI M15 and CineStar platforms early on, to prove the case for a broad range of amazing results.

The ALEXA Mini is the latest camera to incorporate the industry-standard image quality and the economical workflows of the ALEXA series, while also adapting to the streamlined ergonomics and compact form factor desired with the MōVI M15 camera stabilizer. The MōVI M15 and the MōVI Controller together are especially well-suited to illustrate the quality of results expected from the ALEXA Mini by the most demanding filmmakers.

To show a sample of what is possible, Freefly and ARRI collaborated on “The Balloonist,” the first production with the new camera. Tabb Firchau, president of Freefly, recounted that one of the most-asked questions in his career has been, “’Can you guys fly an ALEXA on your rigs?’ The answer is now a resounding ‘Yes!’” Several shots from “The Balloonist” featured the new camera mounted on a Freefly CineStar 8 multi-rotor. “To be asked to work closely with one of the oldest and most respected camera manufacturers in the world is very flattering. We hope everyone enjoys the two sets of products working so well together.”

Freefly will have the MōVI M15 on exhibit at the British Video Expo from February 24-26, 2015, in Booth C30 – and in Booth J30, ARRI will be exhibiting a prototype of the ALEXA Mini, which is scheduled to begin shipping in May 2015, with orders being taken from March.

“The Balloonist,” the first project filmed with the ALEXA Mini, in partnership with Seattle-based production company Mindcastle, can be viewed here: http://www.freeflysystems.com/theballoonist

About Freefly
Freefly Systems is the industry pioneer in developing next-generation camera movement systems. Freefly Systems’ products include the breakthrough MōVI products for handheld and mobile operation, the CineStar multi-rotor aerial platforms and the TERO remote vehicle. With over a decade of experience in the professional cinematography industry, Freefly Systems empowers a new era of filmmaker freedom, to move and position the camera however creativity demands. The Freefly MōVI M15 features state-of-the-art hardware, software and cutting-edge motion and stabilization features and supports camera packages of up to 15 pounds (6.8 kg).

For more information on Freefly and the MōVI M15 please visit http://www.freeflysystems.com

About ARRI
With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries and partners that covers every facet of the film industry, including worldwide camera, grip and lighting equipment rental through ARRI Rental; turnkey lighting solutions through the ARRI System Group; lab services, postproduction and visual effects through ARRI Film & TV; and film distribution through ARRI Worldsales. Manufactured products include the ALEXA camera system and AMIRA documentary-style camera; Master Anamorphic lenses; L-Series LED and M-Series HMI lights; Pro Camera Accessories; and ARRISCAN archive technologies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI's engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.

For locations and more information please visit http://www.arri.com

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