January 25, 2013
By Samuel Tey
London – Codex digital cinema technology continues to prove its metal under the most challenging production conditions. Its latest test came on Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping telling of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Codex recorders and digital labs were employed to capture, manage and process camera data for a production that traveled to remote locations, accumulated huge amounts of original camera media, and shot some scenes in near-total darkness.
Zero Dark Thirty relates the complicated and far-ranging events of the 10-year effort to track down the al-Qaeda leader with extreme attention to historical accuracy. That is especially evident in the film’s final act, which focuses on the 2011 nighttime raid by Navy Seals on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. In order to mirror the real events as closely as possible, those scenes were shot at night with infrared lighting used to simulate the view of the Seals who were wearing night vision goggles.