VIERA HDR – go behind the scenes with an award-winning cinematographer

With High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible VIERA TVs, we are delivering images much closer to the way your eyes see the real world by mastering the magic of light.

Award-winning cinematographer Vanja Cernjul (who is behind the popular TV series Marco Polo and Orange Is the New Black) is at the forefront of these new HDR technologies and he is a big advocate of our VIERA range.

Vanja created the short film Converging Beams for Panasonic, to showcase the effectiveness of HDR content created specifically for HDR screens. For Vanja, this technology is so exciting because not only does it enhance the cinematic experience of watching television at home, it gives directors a chance to tell their stories using detail, contrast and colour in television in a way they never could before.

Go behind the scenes of Converging Beams to find out more about HDR, with this director’s commentary featuring Vanja Cernjul.

“I was approached by Panasonic to create a short film because I was fortunate enough to be at the forefront of these new technologies. They offered me an opportunity to explore the use of HDR content that’s created specifically for HDR screens.”

“We wanted to shoot at the exact time of the day each time, which is for a director a terrifying thing to do because you only have 15 minute windows, or maybe even less sometimes, to shoot the scene. For example at dusk, there was a scene at the beach that we just kept shooting until we could no longer see anything. This technology extended that magic period of time by at least 15 minutes, which is a lot.”

“One of the exciting parts of making this film for Panasonic was the fact that we were able to view HDR images on the set as we were shooting, which I haven’t had the opportunity to do before and I don’t know if anybody had before. Which I hope is going to become a standard, that you’ll be able to see the image on the monitor as it’s supposed to be presented to the viewer… on the set, while you’re creating the image.”

“We wanted to have a variety of lighting conditions. We had shots of the vehicle driving through the city at night, using only the available light. We had a high contrast situation in the bedroom and virtually no light inside, so it was all lit from outside. While exposing for the actors to capture the performances, we could still capture all the highlights and all the colours. This is where this technology helped us a lot.”

“The experience of watching television at home has become more cinematic. First of all, the technology is getting better and better, so we can now tell the story using the detail and contrast and colour in television that we couldn’t before. You can see great directors directing projects for television. So both the technology is better and also there’s more talent working in television today.”

“I think the real benefit for the viewers of this technology being in our homes now, is that the content that’s going to be created for these televisions are going to be a much higher standard, and I’m excited to know that the audience will be able to watch this in a way that it was meant to be seen.”

WATCH: Hear it straight from the Director – Vanja Cernjul

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