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DP Judd Overton On Using The Panasonic VariCam 35 & LT On “No Activity”, “The Letdown” & More

DP Judd Overton On Using The Panasonic VariCam 35 & LT On “No Activity”, “The Letdown” & More

Judd Overton is a multiaward winning director of photography who recently shot the series “No Activity” (on CBS All Access) and “The Letdown” (on Netflix) using the Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam LT. We recently spoke with Overton about his work at Panasonic Hollywood, where he was one of several presenters speaking about their work with Panasonic cameras.

Panasonic VariCam LT

  • Single Super 35mm MOS Sensor
  • Interchangeable Stainless Steel EF Mount
  • Dual Native ISO 800/5000
  • 14 Stops of Dynamic Range with V-Log
  • 4K Up to 60 fps, 2K/HD Up to 240 fps
  • Simultaneous Dual Codec Recording
  • Selectable Gamma Curves
  • Removable IR Cut Filter
  • AVC-Intra, ProRes
  • 3.5″ LCD Control Panel


Panasonic’s Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 is a single Super 35-sized sensor digital cinema camera with a lightweight magnesium body and interchangeable lens mount. It shares the same sensor as the Varicam 35, which features dual native ISO ratings of 800 and 5000. The camera is capable of capturing 14-stops of dynamic range when using V-Log and recording up to 60 fps at 4K, and up to 240 fps at 2K.

You can record your footage to high-data-rate files using the camera’s built-in expressP2 card slot (expressP2 cards not included) while simultaneously recoding proxy files to the camera’s SD card slot. The proxy files can incorporate color grading changes that the high-resolution files do not, making it easy for post to see your intent, without baking the look into your high-quality, camera-original files. The camera features selectable gamma curves, allowing you to get the most out of the sensor. It supports recording using AVC-Intra, AVC-Intra 4K, and Apple ProRes codecs. The 3.5″ control panel can function as an LCD screen or be used to control the camera’s functions.

Panasonic VariCam 35

  • High Speed, 120fps Super 35mm MOS sensor for 4096 x 2160 (17:9) image capture.
  • HDR ready with 14+ stops of latitude lets you record and display all of the highlights as well as all of the shadows — you no longer have to choose.
  • Advanced codecs: HD / 2K Apple* ProRes and Panasonic’s 4Kcapable AVC-ULTRA family of advanced production codecs.
  • Modular design Adding more versatility for creative shooting situation


VariCam 35’s new sensor captures 14+ stops of latitude, capturing high-contrast and wide dynamic range. The camera offers a broad range of codecs and formats, including Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of advanced codecs, Apple ProRes, and 3.5-Mbps proxy recordings.

VariCam 35 incorporates a modular design whereby the 4K camera head is separate from but dockable to the common, shared recording module (AU-VREC1G). This allows users to switch between Super 35mm and VariCam HS ⅔” camera heads to best suit their creative needs.

Judd Overton, Director of Photography

Judd Overton is an Australian Director of Photography based in Los Angeles. Judd has shot 4 seasons of the celebrated Comedy NO ACTIVITY, The series features appearances by a who’s who of today’s hottest comedic talent including Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons, Tim Meadows, Bob Odenkirk and Jessica Alba and is produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez with Funny or Die.

Hailing from the Birdsville Track in the Far North of South Australia, raised in the driest permanently inhabited place on earth may seem a lifetime away from a career in the film industry however the harsh red landscape and limitless horizons of central Australia influenced Overton from an early age. Overton merges bold cinematic framing with an innate, empathetic connection to his collaborators and the story. His alertness results in a talent for ‘shooting from the hip’ which contrast and compliments his dramatic lighting and leadership skills on large scale productions across the fields of Cinema, Television and Documentary.

IndieWire praised Overton’s work on NO ACTIVITY, mentioning his “exquisite shots”. The LA Times called the show “‘Waiting for Godot’ as a police procedural”. Judd’s comedic chops are also on show in Netflix’s The Letdown, in 250 countries worldwide. Creators Bell and Scheller praise Overton’s work: “He’s meticulous, extremely patient and adaptable. He’s got a cinematic eye and a calm, determined approach to getting the shot.”

In addition, Overton has photographed hundreds of television commercials for companies and directors around the world. Clients include; Audi, Toyota, Hyundai, Converse, McDonalds, Motorola, Master Card, Vodaphone, Jacobs Creek, G Star.

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