Every December, we look back at the year that was to figure out which stories generated the most views among StudioDaily’s readers. It always opens an interesting window on what creative professionals were thinking about, and what they were most curious about, all year long. Here are the stories that drew the most traffic and drove the most discussion this year. (If you missed it, take a look at the rest of the top 10 here.) Enjoy this look back at 2017.

Until we kick off our 2018 coverage next week, StudioDaily wishes you and yours a very happy new year!

Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver
Photo: TriStar Pictures

#5: Film Editor Paul Machliss, ACE, on Baby Driver. It’s rare that a filmmaker reinvents the process of planning and pre-production, but director Edgar Wright did just that for Baby Driver,  a project that put an unprecedented emphasis on synchronizing action to a song score. We ran long with this one, allowing editor Paul Machliss to clue us in, in detail, on how Wright planned the film like a DJ mix and then worked together with Machliss to keep the project in perfect sync through production and post.

Sony Venice CineAlta camera system

Sony Venice CineAlta camera system

#4: Sony Announces New 6K Venice Flagship Cinema Camera. Sony’s big announcement of a new CineAlta flagship camera replacing the F55 and F65 at the top of its camera heap was a seismic event for cinematographers who are eager to figure out how Sony-based workflows are evolving in 2018.

Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K

#3: Review: Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K. Did we mention that a lot of DPs read StudioDaily? Barry Braverman took the Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K for a spin and concluded that, while it’s not perfect, this is a lot of camera for the money. Shooters who were putting in their due diligence before putting down their money drove this review toward the top of our top 10.

John Wick Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 2
Photo: Lionsgate

#2: John Wick Chapter 2: Burning Rubber, Bullets and Body Counts. No surprise that the John Wick franchise is a favorite among StudioDaily readers, who recognize the care and planning that go into the films’ intensely choreographed action sequences. Our pre-release collection of Wick-related production and post facts and figures was widely read and shared this year.

Kenneth Branagh in Dunkirk
Photo: Warner Bros.

#1: First AC Bob Hall on the Camera and Lensing Challenges of Dunkirk. Our single most widely read, listened-to and watched feature of the year was the episode of Podcasts from the Front Lines in which host Michael Goldman interviewed Christopher Nolan’s first AC, Bob Hall, about the massive degree of ingenuity that went into cameras and gear for capturing the stirring World War II drama Dunkirk largely with extremely heavy Imax 65mm/15-perf cameras. Click through for a summary, then watch the video or download the MP3 to hear the entire conversation — and don’t forget to subscribe to receive notifications as new podcasts become available.