David Fincher’s Custom RED Xenomorph for Netflix’s “Mindhunter”

May 6th, 2016
David Fincher's Custom RED Xenomorph for Netflix's "Mindhunter"

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RED Digital Cinema has built a fully customised one-of-a-kind camera—the RED Xenomorph—just for David Fincher and his team to shoot his upcoming series “Mindhunter” for Netflix. 

Imagine you absolutely love your RED Dragon, but it ends up a mess of magic arms and cabling by the time you’ve added all your support gear. If only it were all permanently integrated into the camera. No cables, no magic arms, no rigs, no mess.

Now imagine your name is David Fincher. For Fincher, nothing is impossible.

RED Xenomorph David Fincher

As with all things RED, details tend to trickle out over time, but keep your eyes on this REDUser thread if you want to find out more. Here’s what we know.

David Fincher’s RED Xenomorph

Integrated:

  • RED Weapon Dragon 6K Sensor Technology
  • 7.0″ LCD Touch
  • Paralinx wireless video
  • Extended WiFi/Foolcontrol antenna array
  • RT Motion Lens Motor Control
  • Zaxcom wireless audio and timecode
  • Anton Bauer Gold Mount
  • Shoulder Mount
  • Xenomorph-inspired brain design

And, according to Phil Holland, who I’d like to thank for sharing the info, is my favorite of all:

  • and a couple of other sneaky things

Images are courtesy of RED and the Mindhunter Camera Dept.

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RED Xenomorph Mindhunter

RED Xenomorph

Before you ask: No. The RED Xenomorph is not, and won’t be, a commercially available new camera from RED.

No. You can’t have one—unless your name is David Fincher.

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Martin Rotaveria
Martin Rotaveria
GuestMay 6th, 2016

it has a spine, god!

Behrooz Modirrousta
Behrooz Modirrousta
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Why? I think David Fincher has a different body than others.
Every one else build his rig the way they want. He must been suffering from a sever difficulty making his rig, so they stick a RED brain in a VHS camera body for him, to be there for the rest of his life.

Chris Willis
Chris Willis
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Must be nice.

Tanasak Boonlam
Tanasak Boonlam
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Trin Palitkul เจ๋งดีนะครับ

Vardhana Vunchuplou Fincher มันลงทุนจัง

Vardhana Vunchuplou
Vardhana Vunchuplou
GuestMay 6th, 2016

อาจไม่เกี่ยวกับกล้องนะ มือระดับ Fincher ใช้กล้องมือถือถ่ายหนัง งานเขาก็น่าสนใจนะ

Rafael Molina
Rafael Molina
GuestMay 6th, 2016

I wonder how much it cost him or what deal they made.

Lisa Adair Watson
Lisa Adair Watson
GuestMay 6th, 2016

I think I’ll get one of these for Max Watson because he made it to being a senior at UT…..that sound okay with you Max?

Craig Walker
Craig Walker
GuestMay 6th, 2016

10/10 would film home movies with

Benjamin Wong
Benjamin Wong
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Matt Levin-Gold

Matt Levin-Gold
Matt Levin-Gold
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Lol so crazy

Atlas Camera Support
Atlas Camera Support
GuestMay 6th, 2016

nice

Day Yazdani
Day Yazdani
GuestMay 6th, 2016

I love David Fincher. He doesn’t disappoint ❤️?

Timothy Philip
MemberMay 6th, 2016

Beauty! I’m changing my name to David Fincher ;)

Raajastra Harsha
Raajastra Harsha
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Never heard abt cinema5d…….just cinema4d

Amir Kuro
Amir Kuro
GuestMay 6th, 2016

ARRI > RED

Simone Masini
Simone Masini
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Ale c’è Fincher che ha giusto giusto la sua camera custom, capito?

Ale Zattini
Ale Zattini
GuestMay 6th, 2016

ma guarda che non costa mica tanto eh

Simone Masini
Simone Masini
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Vado da Mediaworld a pigliarla ora.
Mi accompagni?

Ale Zattini
Ale Zattini
GuestMay 6th, 2016

meglio alla coop che fanno lo sconto ai soci

Simone Masini
Simone Masini
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Ale Zattini onesto

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Considering his history with Alien3 I’m surprised they didn’t change the name for him….

Carlos Valdes-Lora
MemberMay 7th, 2016

Where’s the top handle?

Sascha Reinhardt
Sascha Reinhardt
GuestMay 7th, 2016

For the First time Red built a real camera.

Tim Courtney
MemberMay 7th, 2016

There’s a Xenomorph/Alien3 joke in here somewhere.

Jamiel Boling
MemberMay 7th, 2016

Bullshit, money talks! If you’ve got the money, you can get the cam. We’re talking about RED here.

Bogdan Barbu
MemberMay 7th, 2016

damn, that’s an ugly-shaped camera!

 Iain Philpott
Iain Philpott
MemberMay 9th, 2016

All jokes aside – basically RED has made a 6K wireless URSA. Albeit hopefully it works out of the box (I’m on camera 3). But the thought process is interesting and actually does confirm that camera teams do want something that comes out of the bag and is ready to shoot rather than a 1hr setup on a modular system.

Dicky Ho
MemberMay 10th, 2016

Hey, it does look extremely good but way too big for a red and the shoulder pad is too far back for it to do anything.
So, nice looking toy

S.o. Spafford
S.o. Spafford
GuestMay 6th, 2016

does it shoot HD?

Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
Guest6 days ago

6K I think mor than HD becouse netflix Wants At least 4k

Marc Dingly
Marc Dingly
GuestMay 6th, 2016

Looks like they are posing by a hotrod and they are the girls in bikinis :) The camera looks super front heavy and by doing this red admits its cameras are so fussy to use.. sure they can make a nice image if given a ton of light and the right people behind it.

Tim Naylor
MemberMay 6th, 2016

I can’t imagine this being any fun for hand held. The shoulder mount is so far back, it’s guaranteed to be extremely front heavy. And if you do put a shoulder mount at the balance point, it’ll end up being top heavy. Something tells me the hand held aspect was an after thought.

Winston Ayisi
MemberMay 7th, 2016

Good thing Fincher doesn’t do handheld then

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