“No Good Deed” hits theaters today, the latest release in the growing catalog of motion pictures shot on Sony’s F65 4K camera.
The thriller, shot on locations throughout Atlanta, tells the story of Terri, played by Taraji P. Henson, a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.
The movie’s production team, and Screen Gems President of Physical Production Glenn Gainor, easily agreed on the only cameras for this job – Sony’s F65.
“We really wanted a fresh, innovative look for the film that puts the audience into the scene,” Gainor said talking with ElderlyTech. “We shot through rain that poured down on Idris and relied on city street lights to accent the scene in ways never before seen in cinema thanks for these cameras’ 16 stops of latitude.”
According to Michael Barrett, director of photography, this was his first F65 project. He worked to create a style the audience could relate to and feel comfortable with before the horror starts.
Since lighting is a key contributor to the film’s mood, the team relied on the Sony cameras’ ability to work well in varying light conditions – mainly taking place at night.
Barrett and team used several F65s, noting how the cameras’ low light capabilities and ergonomics really helped them capture their desired look.
“The color rendition of the F65 is truly remarkable,” Barrett said. “Since most of this film takes place at night, I relied heavily on existing light sources where ever we found them. The sensitivity of the F65 let me balance the prevailing ambiance. We had many scenes with widely varying skin tones. Each was accurately reproduced with the subtlest nuances- a real game changer.”
Screen Gems’ Gainor is no stranger to the Sony 4K workflow. The Sony F55 and F65 cameras have become workhorses for recent Screen Gems’ productions.
“Glenn Gainor is a good friend and I worked with him on ‘About Last Night,” Barrett continued. “He knows technology. We both witnessed the F65 exceeding all of our expectations.”
According to Barrett, the capabilities of the F65 allowed his team to finish on schedule and within budget that would have otherwise been unobtainable with other cameras.
“Often our approach was more subtractive with this movie,” he said. “A location might have plenty of exposure but we would shape the light first by removing or turning off sources. Several interior scenes were lit entirely with 25w and 40w household bulbs resulting in a very authentic look that was quite beautiful.”
He added, “The F65 camera had a direct impact on the length of a shooting day as well as the locations chosen for filming. The sensitivity of the camera allowed for the use of much smaller lights, which were faster and easier to position. We were able to move in and out of locations that might otherwise have needed additional manpower and time. Initially our challenge was to make this film in 29 days, all on location. At the end of the film, our average day was calculated at 10 hours instead of the budgeted 12.”
“No Good Deed” is the studio’s 5th 4K production, joining other recent titles including “Deliver Us from Evil,” “Think Like a Man, Too” and “About Last Night,” and upcoming pic “The Wedding Ringer.”