Audi R8 – Part I (Principle Photography)

I’ve been a little delinquent in getting a blog post up about this project we’ve been working on, but I figure now is as good a time as any, right? We recently endeavored on a little passion project featuring one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen, the Audi R8. Some of you may recognize it from its flashy cameos in Transformers 2 and Iron Man 2. In the words of our on-set driver, “It looks like a spaceship.” Whattacar!

Initially, like any exciting project, we began with a serious brainstorming session to really get a grasp on the concept. We decided on a visual theme where we integrate live footage of the car that was shot on RED One MX with a more phantasmagoric world that we would create through time-lapse sequences that we shot on a couple of Canon 5D Mark IIs. But first, let’s get a look at this beauty!

The Audi R8

Here is our star vehicle (we only had the one) sitting in the bay of the production studio, waiting to be prepped for a run.

So, the first day of principle photography, we took the car out and shot some of the live running shots on the RED camera. In order to get a dramatic, fun look, we used a specialty lens ordered from a friend in Nashville, Brian Murie. He had for us a 2.8 400mm that he sent with a true doubler! As the 1st AC, you can imagine that as we started heading into nighttime I really had my work cut out for me!

In fact, here’s a photo of me, the DP, Andrew Paul Howell, and the producer, Jon Shepard, as we’re getting ready to shoot some of those RED shots:

From left to right: Jon Shepard, Adam Rothstein (me!) and Andrew Paul Howell

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