The recently released movie ‘Mad Max: Road Fury’ is exceptional for a few of reasons. First of all, reviving a cult franchise is a difficult task, especially that it’s been 25 years since the original movie ‘Road Warrior’ has been released. Another interesting characteristic is quite extensive use of DSLRs in the making of this movie – a topic which the text at redrockmicro blog sheds some light on.
As we read, the DSLRs were used for the action scenes, but since the movie is so action-packed, they did play a significant role there. First of all, why DSLRs? The truth is quite trivial, if not painful – they were simply ‘semi-disposable stunt cameras', as the team was afraid to lose their workhorse cams in the process (and you’ll see in a BTS these were some serious stunts).
In the redrockmicro blog entry, the author takes a look at the BTS and provides some valuable insights onto what & how has been done. We learn that ‘they originally started with Olympus bodies (due to the in-body stabilizer), but they had a tendency to shut down on impact,overheat, and when they broke they lost the footage as well’ and later changed to a total of 10 5dMkII cams with 16-35mm EF lens.
Here the BTS footage, no commentary, but still really impressive:
In short here’s a list of gear accompanying DSLR has been spotted in the BTS:
- RedRock Micro rigs – customized for each operator
- No external recorders spotted (keep in mind it was 2012)
- External displays by SmallHD and Marshall
- HDMI goggles (similar to Zeiss Cinemizers)
- Most likely vari-ND filters
And an interesting addition: 'on one of the camera lenses is what appears to be a gobo-style lens filter that would have footage looking like it was shot POV style through a cage or grate” that looked like this: