‘Act of Valor’: Shooting a Feature with DSLRs

By now everyone has heard the buzz surrounding the upcoming release of Act of Valor (2012). Directed by Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh (AKA the Bandito Brothers), and photographed by Shane Hurlbut, Act of Valor employs a visceral, “video game” style of filmmaking, utilizing primarily Canon DSLR cameras, and active-duty Navy Seals as the cast members.

According to a Post Magazine article about the film, the production carried a package of fifteen Canon 5D Mark II cameras using Panavision Primo Lenses. In an interview from the February issue of American Cinematographer Magazine, Shane Hurlbut discusses how they also used the Canon 7D for 60 fps sequences, as well as the Canon 1D Mark IV, for its “hyper-sensitive imager,” to capture the most detail from a scene set inside of a nuclear submarine. For additional cinematography such as aerial photography, and some night exteriors, the production also relied on the Arri 235 & 435 Xtreme, as well as the Sony HDC-950.

For a cool behind-the-scenes look, check out this video:

Act of Valor will be released in a reported 3,000 theaters on Friday, February 24, 2012.

About Robert Nyerges

Robert Nyerges is a filmmaker currently working in the Los Angeles, CA.
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