New superhero series, Supacell, will feature groundbreaking technology that reportedly captures black skin in the most flattering way.
The show will centre on five black actors as the main characters and has been created by musician Rapman.
The Netflix series, which began filming in August 2022, will be set in South London, where Rapman is from, and will feature locations such as Clapham, Peckham and Lewisham.
The rapper is focused on elevating black talent which explains the desire to use an Arri camera. The way the equipment is designed allows Black skin to be shown in the most flattering way.
Discussing the Arri technology, Rapman said:
"It is groundbreaking technology. Often with shows that only have one or two Black characters, they don't look as good as it's not the focus but this is different."
The technology is so new that only a select few have been able to get their hands on it.
"The camera launched just before we started filming, and we had to pitch to use it, said Rapman, who's also lead director on the project. Luckily that they were selected!"
The 33-year-old added that "makeup artists can only do so much‚ so the camera technology is game-changing."
Supacells Director of Photography Aaron Reid spoke in depth about the technology, saying:
"Our camera on Supacell is the newest Arri camera on the Market, the Arri 35. Supacell was the first show in the UK to use this camera, which was quite incredible."
"We chose the Arri 35 because of how great it was at not over exposing highlights, this meant we could expose our camera to the majority Black casts skin tones and not have our highlights blown out."
He added: In terms of a look to complement Black skin tones, I set out to create a LUT [a colour grading system] with my colourist Joseph Bicknell. I think we were successful with this, and this set the tone to the look of our show."
Rapman, born Andrew Onwubolu, has already experienced incredible success with Blue Story, which won a Bafta.
"It is important to me to showcase new talent now that I have the opportunity." he said.