We recently had the chance to speak with Zeiss’ Richard Schleuning about the new Zeiss CP.3 lenses and their use on the viral “The Floor Is Lava” video from RocketJump.
Shot on RED cameras using Zeiss’ new CP.3 lenses, “The Floor Is Lava” is a short film that sees roomates trying to make it out of their home alive when the floor literally turns into lava. The Zeiss CP.3 lenses high speed and expansive meta-data features helped the RocketJump team capture exactly what they needed for their VFX heavy short.
The Zeiss CP.3 lenses go well beyond just metadata and the clean, crisp look Zeiss is known for, affecting all aspects of a production in a variety of ways:
Camera Operator / Camera Assistants
Data Wrangler / Digital Imaging Technician
Director of Photography
We were also able to witness Zeiss’ own Snehal Patel (Executive Producer of the short)lead a panel about the making of “The Floor Is Lava”. The panel includes RocketJump Co-Founder Freddie Wong, Writer/Director Clinton Jones, DP Jan-Michael Losada and stars Cliff Lloret, Brett Driver and Casey Edwards. They reflect on how Zeiss’ CP.3 lenses affected each of their roles in the shoot and how they improved the final result beyond what they imagined. A big part of said result is the CP.3’s effects on post production as they discuss above. Some of those effects include:
Virtual Reality Productions
Augmented Reality Productions
You can find out more about the Zeiss CP.3 lenses from our interview above, the “The Floor Is Lava” making of video as well as at www.Zeiss.com/Camera-Lenses/us/Cinematography/Products/Compact-Prime-CP3-Lenses.html