The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has shut down much of the movie industry, but if Jason Momoa can't find any acting work then perhaps he has a career as a content creator reviewing cameras of YouTube.
The Aquaman and Justice League star recently posted a review of the Red Komodo (opens in new tab), one of the best cinema cameras (opens in new tab) for elite shooting, to his YouTube channel. Because who better to tell you about a cinema camera than a movie star?
Momoa directed the mini movie, featuring a bunch of grizzled Harley Davidson riders known as "the Frozen Few" as they biked across inhospitable frozen climes – all while the former Conan the Barbarian and his crew filmed them in 6K while dangling from bikes and the backs of off-roaders.
It's all in aid of the Komodo's recent launch. Red's impressive device is the second cine camera to feature the new Canon RF lens – the first being the Canon EOS C70 (opens in new tab), which was also released last month and comes in at $500 less than its rival.
The Komodo boasts some impressive specs – not that Momoa's "review" covers any of them, mind you – including a 19.9MP Super 35mm global shutter sensor, 6K up to 40fps, 2K up to 120fps, and a claimed 16 stops of dynamic range.
Still, what his test lacks in specifics, it makes up for in a gravelly voiced soliloquy – which you can view for yourself below, and we've also transcribed for posterity.
"There's only one thing I love more than shooting movies – that's riding Harley Davidsons. So when Red approached me to test their new camera, the Komodo, in extreme conditions, I said hell yeah.
There's a gathering of hardened riders who come from all over the world. Beasts of the cold, who wait all year for the snow and ice. Vintage as the bikes they ride, they're known as 'the Frozen Few'. I took my team on the road to honor these men, who honor long traditions of Harley Davidson. Riders who challenge the boundaries of mortal blood and metal bikes.
This is the smallest cinema camera I have ever used. 6K, and combined with the light cine lenses, we pushed it to the limit. We strapped them down, smothered them in sleet, forcing them to withstand the harshest conditions. Tight spaces, speeding cars, on bikes – it is straight-up the most versatile camera that I have ever used. It's like cinema in the palm of your hands.
I hunted down the Frozen Few to test Red's newest digital camera. But instead, this tribe of Harley men took me in as a brother. They gave me something I'll never forget. I was honored to be a part of this, and share the story of these men. And I am extremely honored to be part of the Red family. Thank you for the opportunity. Aloha."
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