For its hit Prime Video series set in the fantasy world of Middle-earth, Amazon Studios delved into the rich mythology created by J.R.R. Tolkien, the original author of "The Lord of the Rings." Set thousands of years before the Middle-earth stories told in Tolkien's bestselling books and Peter Jackson's blockbuster movies, "The Rings of Power" charts the forging of the eponymous rings and the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron.
"The Rings of Power" was captured in large format with ARRI ALEXA Mini LF and LF cameras combined with DNA LF and Signature Prime lenses supplied to the New Zealand-based production by ARRI Rental Munich. With multiple units shooting simultaneously and the pandemic restricting travel, the producers set up a sophisticated cloud-based workflow to facilitate remote collaboration on a massive scale. This workflow, as well as the complex visual effects requirements, depended on metadata supplied by the cameras and lenses.