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    Milestones...

    1999
    Jim buys the domain red.com

    2005
    January-December- Jim, Ted & Frederic research the possibility of building a camera.
    September- 1st communication between Jim and Jarred about the project.
    October- Jim & Matt work on preliminary designs.
    December- Decision was made to build a camera.
    December- Graeme starts at RED.

    2006
    February- Jarred joins RED.
    February- Matt joins RED.
    February- Stuart joins RED.
    April- Kelly joins RED
    April- 1st NAB- . We showed "shiny aluminum prototypes" and took $1000 deposits for the RED ONE, a 4K digital Cinema Camera.
    May- Rob joins RED.
    June- RED ONE test bed was created... named "Frankie"
    August- "RED Telecine" app was completed to process footage from "Frankie".
    September- "R4K Telecine" software was completed to process REDCODE compressed files. "R4K Lab" was released the following month.
    December- 1st RED ONE prototype was built... named "Spike"

    2007
    January- Deanan starts at RED.
    March- Beta RED Alert! software is developed for internal use.
    March- Prototypes "Boris" and "Natasha" are completed at the Lake Forest HQ and flown to New Zealand. Peter Jackson shoots "Crossing the Line" in 2 1/2 days with these cameras.
    April- "Crossing the Line" is shown at NAB to record crowds. Attendees waited up to 2 hours to view.
    June- Steven Soderbergh uses 2 prototype RED ONEs to shoot "Ché".
    August- 1st production RED ONEs were shipped to customers.
    August- RED Alert! is released.
    August- REDCINE is released.
    October- Taylor & Neveldine begin shooting "Gamer". DP is Ekkehart Pollack .

    2008
    February- REDline is released.
    March- Alex Proyas begins shooting "Knowing" on RED ONE. DP is Simon Duggan.
    April- Jim tries to quit smoking cigars and sleeps 3 hours a day under his desk. He doesn't succeed.
    June- Build 16 was released for the RED ONE. It was monumental and free.
    June- 16GB CF cards are released.
    June- Neill Blomkamp begins shooting "District 9". DP is Trent Opaloch.
    July- REDrushes is released.
    August- R3D SDK is released.
    September- RED announces the concept of DSMC (digital stills and motion camera).

    2009
    January- The Hughes brothers begin shooting "Book of Eli" on RED ONE. DP is Don Burgess.
    June- 1st set of RED Pro Primes (RPPs) ships.
    July- 1st RED Rocket ships.
    July- ROCKETCINE is released.
    September- REDCINE-X is released.
    October- David Fincher begins shooting "The Social Network" on prototype RED ONE M-X cameras.

    2010
    January- Upgrades for RED ONE cameras to Mysterium X sensors begin.
    January- RED acquires Ren-Mar Studios and renames it RED Studios Hollywood.
    June- Pirates of the Caribbean 4 begins shooting in Hawaii with RED ONE M-X cameras. The DP is Dariusz Wolski.
    September- HDRx announced.
    September- Steven Soderbergh begins shooting "Contagion".
    September- David Fincher begins shooting "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on RED ONE M-X. DP is Jeff Cronenweth.
    December- Prototype EPIC-Ms are used to shoot Spiderman 4. The DP is John Schwartzman.

    2011
    January- EPIC-M Serial #007 ships to Offhollywood.
    March- Peter Jackson begins shooting "The Hobbit" with EPIC-Ms.
    March- Ridley Scott begins shooting "Prometheus". Dariusz Wolski is DP.
    April- Mike and Kent join RED.
    April- Jim Cameron buys 50 EPIC-Ms.
    August- 1st EPIC-Xs are shipped to customers.
    August- REDCINE-X Professional is released. Free as usual.
    September- Baz Luhrmann begins shooting "The Great Gatsby" starring Leo DiCaprio on EPIC. DP is Simon Duggan.
    Additional features that began shooting on EPIC in 2011 include "Jack the Giant Killer", "Total Recall", "Underworld 4", "Oz: The Great and Powerful"...




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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

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    Breadboard... (April 2006)

    This had a small test slice of a Mysterium sensor...



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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

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    "Spike"... (December 2006)

    Technically, the 1st working RED ONE prototype. "Spike" taught us we needed to change a few things... which were done to "Boris" and "Natasha". "Spike" has a prominent place in the RED museum. (Shown before and after powder coat.)



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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

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    "Boris"... (April 2007)

    Peter Jackson cradles "Boris" on the "Crossing the Line" shoot in New Zealand a week before NAB 2007. "Boris" on a crane... same project.



    "Natasha"... (April 2007)

    Neill Blomkamp (District 9) takes control of "Natasha" at the "Crossing" shoot in New Zealand.



    More from the "Crossing" shoot...







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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

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    NAB 2006... the 1st NAB for RED.



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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

    We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a bad attitude.
     

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    Early concepts and art...

    These are from 2005 and 2006.



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    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

    We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a bad attitude.
     

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    "Tex"... Matt's creation with apparently no adult supervision. (end of 2006)

    We actually built one of these, but it jumped off the shelves and attacked Jarred. So we had to use the Blue Juice on Tex. Sad day...



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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

    We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a bad attitude.
     

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    One of the best trips in my life... (April 2007)

    The "Crossing" shoot was so much fun. When Jarred, Deanan, Rob and I flew over to New Zealand to shoot with Peter, we had NO IDEA what he had planned. We showed up and went right into a production meeting with 15 people. I thought we were just going to do do some testing and get some footage for NAB. The surprise (on us) was that Peter called in his army to shoot a short feature. There were over 200 people... with uniforms, guns and airplanes! It seems that Peter had generated a script while we were in the air from Orange County to Wellington and it called for helicopter footage from one of the cameras. Now "Boris" and "Natasha" were both less than a few days old and we had no idea how they would hold up to rigorous treatment. I politely asked Peter, in front of 14 other people, if "we might do the helicopter stuff last"? There was a bit of trepidation in my voice as I could just see these cameras biting the dust in minutes. Peter told me to relax and that everything would be fine. Two and a half days later, he was right. After a true beating, including heat, dust & dirt, cranes, helicopters and 14 hours a day non-stop... we didn't lose a take. I met this guy, Neill Blomkamp, who Peter said would be a future star. Apparently Peter was right. Neill ran the 2nd unit and I could immediately see why Peter thought so much of this "kid". It was no surprise to me to see what Neill did with "District 9". He is a super talent. Every one of Peter's crew was a delight to work with. The shoot was so fun and I will remember it forever. The payoff of this shoot was to see people waiting up to 2 hours to see it at NAB 2007... and glad they did. BTW, that was less than one week after we shot. Peter's team posted the footage and delivered it the night before NAB opened. Whew!



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    Early "Frankie"(June 2006)... late "Frankie"(September 2006).



    "Frankie" at the races...



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    2006...



    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

    "Everything in life changes... including our camera specs and delivery dates..."

    We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a bad attitude.
     

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