The workflow

Alien Runner is made possible by the lovely crew at Abstract Digital Cinema (ADC) based in Long Beach, CA. We are a group of industry professionals and students of cinema, 3D, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality from diverse parts of the world. Our goal is to seal the gap between art and technology. We do what we do because we want to make a difference in the world. Film is our medium and each project is motivated by this goal. 

Alien Runner will be one of the first full 8K cinematic pilots in the 21st century. The project is currently in production and shot on the RED Epic-W, RED Weapon Helium, and RED Monstro with all captures at High Dynamic Range (HDR). Lenses include: Tokina Cinema Vista primes, Cooke S4/i primes, and the Laowa 12mm for wide landscapes. 

Not only is Alien Runner an 8K beast, it also includes 8K Aerial and 8K Underwater cinematography. Tom Hamilton (Underwater Director of Photography) used the Gates Deep Weapon system for the entire underwater venture. Environment and mobility were important factors in production. Camera operators utilized DJI's Ronin 2 gimbal stabilization extensively for challenging terrains.  

The film has been in the pre-productive stages for over a year. Abbey Abeynayake (Director/Writer) and her team mapped out a secure plan that brought elements of post into the beginning stages. "As an Editor, it was important to me to avoid that common saying, 'let's fix it in post.' Our post team anticipated 8K issues early on and we are staying true to the workflow discussed back in 2016 while also being flexible towards those inevitable concerns that just come up in production."

It's true, 8K files are no joke. An editorial landscape for a project this large must be able to compete. One factor was for certain, the team had to maintain a native 8K workflow throughout the post pipeline. Why? Simple. Because it hasn't been done. ADC isn't afraid to take risks. 

Alien Runner will be cut on Davinci Resolve with a solid digital cinema initiative 8K VFX pipeline including but not limited to: Flame, Houdini, Maya, After Effects, and Nuke. The post team expects to register a final color grade with Assimilate Scratch and Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve. 

With such an expansive visual aesthetic, the sound was also a main point in the team's early conversations. It was a unanimous vote to have a final audio mix down with none other than full spec Dolby Atmos. 

ADC wasted no time using the technological resources available to accent the artistic direction for this film. We are excited to share this vision with our global audience and we can't wait for you to check out this ambitious project soon. 

Alien Runner is expected to be released in 2022.