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James Cameron has 50, Peter Jackson is using 30 to film The Hobbit and now budding filmmakers at Deakin University will be able to participate in a world first and work with the filmmaker's dream, a RED EPIC camera.
Four of these cameras have been delivered to the University's School of Communication and Creative Arts. Deakin is one of the first universities in the world to have these cameras.
Simon Wilmot, coordinator of Deakin's Master of Film and Video course said the cameras were being hailed as the best in the world.
"The creation of the EPIC has been the most discussed and watched development in the world of film technology," he said.
"Every aspiring filmmaker has heard about EPIC and dreamt of the possibilities."
Mr Wilmot explained that the EPIC is the realisation of a dream by the makers, RED Digital Cinema, to provide the world with a true digital successor to film.
"The camera is small enough to be handheld, boasts 5K resolution (six times the resolution of HD video) and is capable of shooting up to 120 frames per second in 5k mode.
"EPIC is the motion picture camera of the future," he said.
"We have been following the progress of Red for some years now and are excited that Red offered us this unique opportunity.
"This is a defining moment for Deakin, its future filmmakers and staff."
Sandra Kingston Deakin Media Relations 03 9246 8221 / 0422 05 485 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from shoot of Deakin staff and students with the Red Epic cameras are at www.facebook.com/DeakinArtsEd