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One huge celestial event - one movie - Captured on Codex

A big Hollywood production might just create it in post, but the team behind new sci-fi movie Nomad went the other way. They set out to film a real solar eclipse, giving themselves only 2 minutes 18 seconds in a very specific part of the world, to capture the shot.

“The eclipse scene is going to be intense,” director Taron Lexton said in a press release weeks before the shoot. “We’re filming an event that lasts 2 minutes. We’ve scouted locations for months to find the exact position. We’re sourcing special lenses and gear. The actors have to be perfectly rehearsed. It’s equal parts exhilarating and terrifying, with just one chance to get it right.”

Filming took place in Elqui Valley, Chile during the only solar eclipse of 2019.

The above video was shot and edited overnight by Richard Brien. It not only shows the crew capturing the shot, but it’s also the first time an eclipse has ever been captured in large format on the ARRI ALEXA LF camera.

The story of Nomad is of a young woman who falls in love. However, her man has a small problem. He spontaneously shifts to another spot on the globe every 12 hours, with no control or knowledge where he’s going to end up!

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