Christophe Dural, Rosemary’s Baby series

Christophe Dural, french gaffer, is the first user of the 9K in France, with five units on the "Rosemary’s Baby" set, the NBC four-hour miniseries based on author Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel. The book was made an international success to wider audiences when Roman Polanski directed Mia Farrow in the 1968 classic of the same name. The NBC production is shot by french DP Michel Amathieu, AFC. Filming, with Zoe Saldana and Carole Bouquet, began last January in Paris.

Even with scenes taking place on the third floor of an apartment in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Christophe didn’t want to use a cherry picker because they would have been too difficult to hide. It was important to light all five windows and still allow the cameras to move around, so he chose to use five Alphas mounted to the side of the building one whole floor up. "The key factors making this configuration possible were compactness, weight, and quality of the Fresnel through the Windows."

Thank you to Christophe for this first testimonial about the Alpha 9K on set !

(Equipment supplied by TSF)

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