Amazon Studios? first full-length drama series will be shot in 4K Ultra High Definition.
Amazon plans to shoot all 2014 full original series, including comedies and dramas, in 4K Ultra HD. 4K is utilizing displays with an aspect ratio of at least 16:9 and capable of showcasing video at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels or 8.3 million pixels.
Amazon Studios announced earlier this year that it will debut five new comedy and drama pilots in 2014. Amazon.com will invite consumers to watch, provide feedback and help determine which of the pilots should be produced as series to air exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon's LOVEFiLM in the UK. This round of comedy and drama pilots from Amazon will include The After, from Chris Carter (The X-Files), Bosch, based on the Harry Bosch book series by Michael Connelly, Mozart in the Jungle, from Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), The Rebels from Kevin Iwashina, Jeremy Garelick, Constance Schwartz, Matt Alvarez and Michael Strahan (former New York Giants football player and host of Live with Kelly and Michael), and Transparent from Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under).
Amazon has also introduced a 4K Ultra HDTV Guide at www.amazon.com/4K. It includes information about the differences between 4K and regular high definition, an HD pixel comparison chart, a graph that illustrates the various jumps in resolution from standard definition all the way to 4K, factors that impact picture quality, and a guide on relevant terminology.
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series - one that's open to ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script and will then be notified within 45 days if that script is optioned.