DP Judd Overton Shoots 'The Letdown' With Panasonic VariCam LT

Netflix and the Australian Broadcast Corporation have partnered to produce a new comedy series, The Letdown.

Produced and written by Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell, the series follows Audrey, played by Bell, as she navigates the chaos of motherhood while still trying to balance a career-focused husband, a self-absorbed mother, and a care-free bestfriend.
The series was shot by cinematographer Judd Overton, Who has earned 25 Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Gold and Silver Awards for his cinematography work.

Courtesy of Judd Overton

The project was shot with VariCam LT cameras.  “I’ve been a fan of the VariCam since the beginning,” reveals Overton, “so I was already sold on the look. For The Letdown, it was more about making sure the camera delivered on resolution and workability. On the show, we had a lot of mid 30s women and we wanted skin tones to look great, but not artificial or plastic looking. I wanted a naturalistic look and from my use of the camera on my short film, I knew VariCam could deliver that.”
Courtesy of Judd Overton

“My challenge was to find a format that could work in the schedule that we needed to work in, but also give them the results they desired. The VariCam LT is a light camera that can be quickly switched between production mode, handheld, or Steadicam easily so it was great to work with.”
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Written by Mark Mapes

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