Starting out as a small film and commercial equipment rental company by cinematographer Dengcar Baltazar, CMB Film Services Inc., has grown to become one of the Philippines’ renowned names for equipment hire and technical services. And recognising the Southern Philippines as a popular filming destination, CMB opened its Cebu office in 2015, giving its clients on the island a greater range of equipment and technical services.
“Our clientele ranges from Indy feature films, TV dramas, to high-end commercial productions,” said CMB Film Services’ chief technical officer and cinematographer, Danton Wieneke, adding that CMB services around 300 shooting units per month and therefore its products must be able to stand up to the rigours of daily deployment.
It has acquired the new Sony 6K VENICE camera. Besides boasting a 36mm X 24mm CMOS sensor, the VENICE is highly regarded for its high frame rate and exceptional colour renditions especially in low light.
Wieneke said: “Sony’s built quality sets the standard. As the controls are intuitive, it’s easy for cameramen and DoPs to operate any Sony equipment including our new VENICE cameras.”
The fact that VENICE is fairly compact despite its full range of features is also another top draw for cinematographers and directors looking to raise their production value.
“Demand for the VENICE was steadily growing, and we like the fact that the VENICE offers full-frame 6K capabilities, 8-stage built-in ND filter and dual native ISO, but what sealed it for us was the excellent support from Solid Video, Sony’s authorised distributor in the Philippines.
“We could see the VENICE being deployed in a wide range of scenarios thanks to its impressive specifications,” said Wieneke.