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Tortilla Soup Shot in Panasonic's 480 Progressive Scan Format

(September 04, 2001)
Tortilla Soup, starring Hector Elizondo, Elizabeth Peņa and Raquel Welch, which opened to enthusiastic critical reviews in theaters across the country late last month, was shot in its
entirety in Panasonic Broadcasts 480 progressive scan DVCPRO50 Progressive format.
?Tortilla Soup, was produced by John Manulis, founder of digital production company Visionbox Media Group (Culver City, CA). The film is a presentation of Samuel Goldwyn Films in association with Starz Encore Entertainment.

The feature, the English-language adaptation of Ang Lees 1994 film Eat Drink Man Woman, is an emotional, human comedy about a master chief and widowed father (Hector Elizondo), his three gorgeous but single daughters and the lavish, family-style dinners that ties them together. Set in the Latino community of Los Angeles, ?Tortilla Soup was directed by Maria Ripoll; the
Director of Photography was Xavier Perez-Grobet, who shot Sexo, pudor ylagrimas (Sex, Shame and Tears), the most successful film in Mexican film history.

Manulis said. ?Having tested a variety of video formats for Tortilla Soup, we decided that the image quality of the Panasonic 480p AJ-PD900WA DVCPRO50 Progressive camcorder was clearly superior to all other formats with the exception of HD, doing away with most of the traditional video artifacts of the other systems and offering an image with unusual warmth and humanity.

He added, ?480p had significant advantages in terms of the size and maneuverability of the equipment and the cost of post-production to HD. In the case of Tortilla Soup, as over half the movie takes place in one location, most important was the ability to maximize the amount of rehearsal and performance time for the director and actors. Digital video allowed us to shoot a lot of footage, using a B camera consistently to roam the action, cover extra angles and capture behavioral details. Video also provided the aesthetic attraction of being able to shoot in a practical location with a smaller package, less light, less heat and fewer people.

Picture and sound for ?Tortilla Soup was edited at The Digital
Difference, color-corrected at Complete Post and transferred to film at CFI Labs.
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