Watch Eyes by Anonymouz, a music video shot by pro director Kanji Suto and see the amazing results that can be achieved with the latest Xperia smartphones.
Eyes by Anonymouz provided the soundtrack to the campaign video for the Xperia 5 II, one of our most advanced smartphones for film making.
Anonymouz – a girl with no name. This enigmatic artist started out posting English language cover versions of J-pop songs on YouTube, quickly gaining over 10 million views. Her ingenious translation skills, coupled with her natural vocal talents, saw her attract 110K followers in just one year. Now well established on the Japanese YouTube scene, and gaining traction worldwide, her story has only just begun.
From the moment of shooting, I could tell how stunning it is. The smartphone has the benefit of size – its smallness. I wanted to take advantage of this. We could shoot from below or position it where impossible before. It was exciting to try out new ideas for this. I really felt that this camera could expand the range of work for video shooting.
It’s truly innovative that the mobile device itself uses CinemaScope (21:9 display ratio). The preview was convenient to use and I was amazed at how stunning it was. I can check what I just shot within the same UI. Being able to check the video quality immediately is a huge deal. This shoot was outside on a sunny day. If we used the brightest setting when checking under the sun, we could see all the details clearly. That was helpful. This display is really beautiful.
We had scenes with the goldfish singing and conversing. This was shot for an extended time with high-speed slow motion, adding variables or trimming while editing. We wanted to use slow motion to make the goldfish look like it is talking and singing. High speed shot at 120fps turned out very smooth and clear.
Professional camera equipment can be set in great detail – so the UI can be complex. But Xperia is made for the general population so it can be operated intuitively, which is nice. At the same time, it’s easy for a professional. It’s the same UI as a regular camera and really simple to use.
When touching up the tones after shooting, the colour range is kept and the VENICE CS* gives it a film-like quality instantly, looking nothing like a tasteless video. I was amazed.
*Venice Colour Settings (CS): The default colour management pre-sets in Cinematography Pro, known as “LOOK” settings. They give you smooth colour gradation, a soft low contrast tone curve and 10-bit settings, suitable for cinema and drama productions. These are based on the s709 Look settings, found on our CineAlta VENICE camera.
Drawing on expertise from our Digital Cinema Camera engineers, Cinematography Pro on your Xperia gives you all the tools you need for studio-quality film making. From Look colour management pre-sets to 21:9 movie recording, 4K HDR in 24, 25, 30, 60 and 120fps, and Intelligent wind filter, it’s your chance to get creative and record films that the pros would be proud of.
Kanji Suto isn’t alone – a growing number of acclaimed professional video and film makers are waking up to the possibilities of shooting with Xperia, as you’ll see in the short films below.
Shot on Xperia 5 II by Liam Wong
Using Xperia with Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta”, filmmaker Liam Wong captures the city of London during lockdown.
A short film shot on Xperia
Immerse your senses in TASTE, a short film by Shep Films, made in collaboration with Sony Innovation Studios.
A short film shot on Xperia
Pro cinematographer Jeff Berlin put the Xperia 5 II through its paces to create this mesmerising dance-themed short.
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