Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the first film to shoot on the new RED WEAPON 8K Vista Vision/full-frame 35mm camera, as announced in a press release from the camera's manufacturer.
"I cannot even begin to express how proud I am that Marvel and everyone involved in the production has decided to be the first to shoot on our WEAPON 8K," Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema said in the press release. The film, especially after the surprise success of the first one, is "a huge affirmation" in the new technology, he added.
Executive producer Nikolas Korda worked with two previous RED cameras on Prometheus and The Legend of Tarzan. He said, "The large sensor size and super high resolution offered by the new WEAPON 8K, combined with its lightweight and compact size open up a whole range of new creative possibilities."
The new camera captures at 8K/75 frames per second, 6K/100 fps, or 4K/150 fps. 4K TVs have only recently started to truly take off as consumer home products, though most 4K video so far can only be streamed via internet services. New 4K blu-ray players will hit the market early 2016, along with the first 4K blu-ray discs - a possible format for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when it comes home late 2017.
"Excited to be going truly cosmic with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 being the first film to shoot using the RED Weapon 8k," writer/director James Gunn posted on facebook.
Whether this means unique distribution in theaters will accompany the film, even on a limited basis, was not announced in the press release. High-end 8K projectors (if they choose to shoot at max resolution) currently run around $150,000.