The Arri Group is a global supplier of motion picture film equipment. Based in Munich, the company was founded in 1917.  It produces professional motion picture cameras, lenses, lighting and postproduction equipment. Hermann Simon mentioned this company in his book Hidden Champions of the 21st Century as an example of a Hidden Champion. The Arri Alexa camera system was used to film Academy Award winners for Best Cinematography including Hugo, Life of Pi, Gravity, Birdman and The Revenant.
|Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (A&R)|
|Industry||Motion picture equipment|
August Arnold, |
Robert Richter, founders
Motion picture cameras|
Digital surgical microscope
|Revenue||€300 million EUR (2014)|
Number of employees
Arri was founded in Munich, Germany in 1917 by August Arnold and Robert Richter as Arnold & Richter Cine Technik. The abbreviation Arri was derived from the initial two letters of the founders' surnames, Arnold and Richter.
In 1924, Arnold and Richter developed their first film camera, the small and portable Kinarri 35. In 1937, Arri introduced the world's first reflex mirror shutter in the Arriflex 35 camera, an invention of longtime engineer Erich Kästner. This technology employs a rotating mirror that allows a continuous motor to operate the camera while providing parallax-free reflex viewing to the operator, and the ability to focus the image by eye through the viewfinder, much like an SLR camera for still photography. The reflex design was subsequently used in almost every professional motion picture film camera and is still used in the Arri Alexa Studio digital camera. The first Hollywood film to employ an Arriflex was the 1947 Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film Dark Passage in 1947. Over the years, more than 17,000 Arriflex 35s were built. The design was recognized with two Scientific and Technical Academy Awards in 1966 and 1982.
In 1952, Arri introduced the Arriflex 16ST, the first professional 16mm camera with a reflex viewing system. In 1965, a self-blimped 16mm camera was released: the Arriflex 16BL. The Arriflex 35BL followed in 1972 as a lightweight, quiet alternative to the rather heavy and cumbersome blimped cameras of the time. Also in 1972, Arri pioneered the development of daylight luminaires with the Arrisonne 2000 W. The Arriflex 16SR, launched in 1975, featured a redesigned viewfinder with a through-the-lens light meter. The Arriflex 765, a 65mm camera, was released in 1989, partly in response to the growing industry demand for 70mm release prints.
In 2000, Arri purchased the company Moviecam and developed Arricam, a 35mm camera platform. In 2003, Arri developed its first digital camera, the Arriflex D-20, which later evolved into the D-21. The camera used a 35mm CMOS sensor (instead of CCD) and allowed cinematographers to utilize standard 35mm lenses. This technology was further developed and improved for the Arri Alexa camera.
Arri revealed its Arriscan prototype during IBC 2003. The 16mm/35mm film scanner worked alongside the Arrilaser to support the increasingly popular digital intermediate route through postproduction. Later, the Arriscan became a widely used tool for film restoration work and was recognized with a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 2009.
In 2010, the Arri Alexa camera was released. The camera had the ability to compress 1080p footage to ProRes QuickTime formats and allowed direct-to-edit workflows. Later, models were added to the range including the Alexa Plus, Alexa Studio and Alexa M, which was designed to get the camera closer to the action, The Alexa Plus 4:3, like the Alexa Studio, allowed the full area of the sensor to be used with anamorphic lenses.
Arri announced a strategic partnership with Zeiss and Fujinon in 2010 to create new lenses that incorporated enhanced electronic lens data transfer in order to simplify visual effects workflows in postproduction. The Arri/Fujinon Alura Zooms were released that same year, while the Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic lens series was released in 2012.
In 2013, Arri created Arri Medical, a business unit that utilizes its camera technology for medical purposes. Apart from a medical imaging documentation service, it has developed a fully digital 3D surgical microscope called the Arriscope.
The Arri Alexa 65, released in 2014, was used in the filming of The Revenant as well as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Star Wars: Rogue One. The Arri Amira camera was also released in 2014. In 2015, four of the five nominees for the cinematography category of the Academy Awards were filmed using the Arri Alexa.
Arri's subsidiary postproduction and creative services company, Arri Film & TV, was renamed Arri Media in 2015 as part of a company restructuring. At NAB 2015, the SkyPanel LED fixtures were introduced by Arri. The SC60 and the SC30 have a full color tunable LED option.
In April 2016, Arri acquired the Artemis camera stabilizer systems developed by Curt O. Schaller from Sachtler / Vitec Videocom. As a result, Arri became the exclusive seller of Artemis Trinity stabilizers. At NAB 2016, Arri unveiled its version of the Trinity system.
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Arnold & Richter KG||ARRIFLEX 35mm||1966|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Joachim Gerb and Erich Kästner of the Arnold & Richter Company||ARRIFLEX 35BL||1973|
|Academy Award of Merit||August Arnold and Erich Kästner of Arnold & Richter, GmbH||The concept and engineering of the first operational 35mm handheld, spinning-mirror reflex motion picture camera||1982|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Carl Zeiss Company and Arnold & Richter||Zeiss high-speed 35mm motion picture camera lenses||1987|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Arnold & Richter engineer Otto Blaschek and Arriflex Corporation||ARRIFLEX 35 III||1988|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Engineering Department of Arnold & Richter||ARRIFLEX 35BL 4S||1990|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Arnold & Richter, Otto Blaschek and the Engineering Department of ARRI Austria||ARRIFLEX 765||1992|
|Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award||Erich Kästner, Chief Design Engineer at Arnold & Richter from 1932 to 1982||Technical contributions to the industry||1992|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Arnold & Richter Cine Technik||The development of the ARRIFLEX 535 series of cameras||1995|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and ARRI USA, Inc.||ARRIFLEX 435||1998|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and Carl Zeiss Company||ARRI/ZEISS Variable Prime lenses||1998|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Franz Kraus, Johannes Steurer and Wolfgang Riedel||ARRILASER film recorder||2001|
|Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Emmy Award||Arri||Over 50 years of outstanding achievement in engineering development||2002|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) Academy Award of Merit||Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and Panavision||Continuing development and innovation in the design and manufacturing of advanced camera systems||2002|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Award||Klemens Kehrer, Josef Handler, Thomas Smidek and Marc Shipman-Mueller||ARRIFLEX 235||2006|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Award||Walter Trauninger and Ernest Tschida||ARRI WRC wireless remote lens control system||2006|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Erwin Melzner, Volker Schumacher and Timo Mueller||ARRIMAX 18/12 lighting fixture||2008|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award||Michael Cieslinski, Dr. Reimar Lenz and Bernd Brauner||ARRISCAN film scanner||2009|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Award||Juergen Noffke and Uwe Weber||ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses||2011|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Award||Franz Kraus, Johannes Steurer, Wolfgang Riedel||ARRILASER film recorder||2011|
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Award||Arri||ALEXA camera system||2017|
|Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola)||Arri||Special honor for extraordinary technical achievement||2017|
|Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Emmy Award||Arri||ALEXA camera system||2017|
In 2011, it was alleged that Michael Bravin, an executive of the US-based subsidiary Arri Inc., had unlawfully accessed a rival company email account. A suit was brought before a US court and in September 2011, Bravin entered a guilty plea. Arri Inc. denied knowledge or gains from Bravin's actions, and a separate lawsuit against the company was dropped as a result of an out-of-court settlement.