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Top left, left to right: Mitch Brummond, Tate Johnson, 1st AC Justin Watson, Cunningham and Adam Brummond set up a shot. Top right: The crew moves 24 Canon EOS 7D DSLRs mounted to a piece of curved speed rail into position to create a bullet-time effect. Middle: Digitalimaging technician Dan Skinner checks the Red Epic mounted at the end of the speed-rail rig. Bottom: Skinner keeps an eye on the cameras as pro rider Chris Burandt takes the sled airborne.

Because of the delay, the crew ended up pulling an all-nighter, cutting, welding and assembling the rig and syncing 7D menus and firmware until 2 a.m. There were no commercially available camera controllers for that many HDSLRs, says Cunningham, “so that was another thing happening in the middle of the night: Dan Skinner soldering 24 of our 7D connectors to a single trigger.” Everything was ready to travel by the 6 a.m. call time, and then began the hour-plus backcountry approach to the location. The crew then had to assemble the rail system, hoist the rig onto combo stands and mount the cameras. The cameras were aligned to a C-stand in the hero position, with socks tied to the top and bottom of the stand for upper and lower frame-line reference. “We got the best movement around the sled when it was in the exact center of the circle’s radius,” Cunningham recalls. The rig’s diameter was approximately 23', making the hero position 11.5' from the rail. (Cunningham sometimes trained the cameras as far as 14' out when it wasn’t certain the stunt rider could make the maneuver that close to the camera array.) The final step was moving the rig up the hill to find fresh snow. It took eight crewmembers, including the stunt driver, to hike the fully assembled rig up a steep slope for the shot, which took five hours to set up. “By the last setup, Skinner and his team were able to have us ready to shoot in two hours,” recalls Cunningham. A working stop of T2.8 was maintained for continuity. “Weneeded the depthof-field and frame to match seamlessly as we
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Editor’s Note
President’s Desk
Short Takes: Polaris campaign
Production Slate: Footnote4:44 Last Day on Earth
Vice at the Vatican
Back to School
Sundance Standouts
Filmmakers’ Forum: Haskell Wexler, ASC
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
Classified Ads
Ad Index
Clubhouse News
ASC Close-Up: Alar Kivilo
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