Shooting 'The Creator' on a Sony FX3

The Sony FX3 was the camera chosen to film the Hollywood blockbuster: The Creator. Directed by Gareth Edwards in 2023, this film emerges as a work that not only captivates with its engaging narrative, but also with its innovative visual technique.

The wide ISO range of the Sony FX3, up to 12,800, was one of the main factors that led to the choice of this camera, allowing filming in low light situations, reducing the need for heavy lighting equipment due to the FX3’s sensor sensitivity being so high.

Furthermore, the portability and ease of handling of the Sony FX3 allowed the film team to explore creative camera angles and movements, further enriching the narrative — from intense action scenes to moments of silent contemplation. This camera adapted perfectly to a variety of situations, ensuring consistent visual quality throughout the film. A custom gimbal rig was used with the Ronin RS2, allowing for maximum maneuverability and flexibility.

The ProRes RAW codec was used through the shooting of the movie with the Atomos Ninja, providing a robust image for post-production.

Gareth Edwards

Director, The Creator

Sony FX3 has really good color science, so the skin tones versus the world can really be bended to what looks like a Kodak film stock, very easily. And it’s got 12,800 ISO, so you can film in nearly moonlight. And this camera is incredibly light, it’s very tiny. So, you put it on a gimble, and you can hold it all day. It doesn’t get tiring.

Sony FX3

The Sony FX3 is a camera that can be used in cinema, documentaries, advertising or any commercial project.

Main features:

12.1MP Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor

● UHD 4K up to 120 | 1080p up to 240

● 10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC S-I,16-Bit Raw Output

S-Cinetone/S-Log3/HLG, 15+ Stops DR

● Detachable 2 x XLR/TRS Adapter Handle

Phase Detection AF/Face Tracking/Eye AF

80 to 409,600 Expanded ISO Range

● Dual CFexpress Type A/SDXC Card Slots

ProRes RAW Gimbal and Monitor Recorder

Ronin RS3 Pro Combo

The DJI RS3 Pro Combo was designed to be lighter and sleeker than the Ronin RSC 2 gimbal, with its carbon fiber body weighing just 1.5 kg and a payload of up to 4.5 kg.

Atomos Ninja V

The Atomos Ninja V records up to 4Kp60 10-bit HDR video in ProRes RAW directly from your camera’s sensor via HDMI 2.0 or SDI 12G.