This is a “reprint” from the April edition of FDTimes. Photos by PhotoCineRent
The Rolling Stones Havana Moon is a feature-length film of the historic concert by The Rolling Stones in Havana, Cuba. Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele, Coldplay) this concert film features ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘It’s Only Rock ’n Roll’, ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Satisfaction’ and many more. It was filmed at the end of the América Latina Olé Tour 2016 with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood.
The film will be shown on September 23, 2016, for one night only, in cinemas around the world.
The Rolling Stones gave the free concert to an audience of hundreds of thousands of fans in Havana on March 25. The concert film and documentary were produced by JA Digital. SR Films handled all outside broadcast services, with PhotoCineRent Paris providing cameras, lenses, controls and heads.
The camera package included 14 Sony F55 cameras, Canon 17-120, Canon 14.5-60, Canon 30-300, Angenieux 24-290, Angenieux 28-340, and Angenieux 15-40 zooms. The gear was prepped in Paris, integrated in Holland, and shipped to Cuba.
Key crew came from the UK and the Netherlands. Island Films in Cuba supported with local Camera Assistants, Grips, etc. Albrecht Gerlach, President of PhotoCineRent (above, left), reported that each camera recorded 4K XAVC internally in S-Log3 onto SxS cards. All cameras were synced wirelessly using Timecode Buddy and hard-wired via SDI output to Director Paul Dugdale’s Flypack for viewing. Operators had assistants with cmotion and ARRI WCU units mostly hard-wired, or they managed alone. Dom Jackson flew his Steadicam rig for the entire 2 hours of the concert, with camera assistant Gemma Probst pulling focus and iris.
Director of Photography Brett Turnbull said, “It was handled as a film-style 4K 35mm production.” He worked at a lighting desk with an OLED monitor and remote switcher to view all cameras with LUTs applied and give guidance to the operators on exposure. Exposure was generally T5.6 with ND applied at ISO 1250, and wide open on the audience. Brett concluded, “The Stones hit another gear, it was the end of the tour, and they were extraordinary.”