William Wages

Panasonic VariCam Master Class with Cinematographer William Wages, ASC

By Jon Fauer The Studio-B&H and Panasonic Cinema invite you to an evening with acclaimed cinematographer William Wages, ASC for an exploration of his real-world production experience with VariCam 4K cinema cameras. Mr. Wages will speak about how he captured the upcoming feature film, The Forgiven, and will explain in practical detail how the VariCam LT in particular has changed his way of… read more… → continue…

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Light Meters Vs. LUTs – with William Wages, ASC – ON THE GO – Episode 82

By Fabian Chaundy

In this episode of cinema5D ON THE GO, we talk to cinematographer William Wages ASC about shooting on film vs. digital, light meters, and the Panasonic Lumix line!

William Wages, ASC

For cinematographer William Wages ASC, the main reason for shooting on film has been relegated to getting a certain aesthetic effects, such as achieving a Super 8mm look. In terms of capabilities and image quality, modern cameras far outperform the capabilities of film, which in turn has allowed for the development of a new visual and technical cinematic language. He gives us a few examples of his work in which these advantages have come in handy.

Mr. Wages also tells us about how he uses the Panasonic Lumix line of mirrorless cameras, such as the GH4 or GH5, as viewing devices during location scouts and on set. Rather than using a director’s viewfinder, the portability of these cameras – in addition to their V-Log capabilities and high ISO – allow for a quick visualisation of what the end result could be when planning to shoot with a Panasonic Varicam LT. Of course, the dynamic range may not be the same as the LT, but they certainly have a place in his arsenal for shooting high-end productions.

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William Wages, ASC – Is the Panasonic Varicam LT a Game-Changer? – ON THE GO – Episode 81

By Fabian Chaundy

Varicam LT

In this episode of cinema5D ON THE GO, we chat to William Wages ASC about his experiences with the Panasonic Varicam LT.

William Wages ASC is a respected cinematographer, with experience across a variety of genres, from features to television, including the Spielberg-produced mini-series Into The West. He has won three ASC awards and been nominated for six additional ASC awards and two Emmy awards.

William Wages, ASC

William has recently started using the Panasonic Varicam LT, after having tested against a range of other high-end cinema cameras. In his opinion, the advantages of this camera such as the dual native ISO and extended dynamic range have changed the way he works. Having already shot two TV series and a feature with the camera, he has no intention of returning to the ALEXA any time soon. (Check out our initial commentary of the camera’s release HERE, and the tech-spec rundown HERE).

William explains one of the biggest features of the Panasonic Varicam LT in-depth, namely the dual native ISO. In essence, this offers two ISO settings at which the camera has the least amount of noise: 800 and 5000 ISO. Start increasing the ISO from 800 and you will of course start to see noise. Once you get to 5000 ISO, however, the second native ISO setting kicks in, giving you again the least amount of noise, from which point you can once again increase the ISO.

Another big feature is the camera’s extended dynamic range, which William considers reaches over 16 stops. Both this and the flexibility in ISO settings have resulted in a complete change in William’s lighting package. He goes in depth into his current lighting setup, and how a more sensitive camera can reduce the cost of lighting rentals.

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