Yesterday, we posted about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Helmet Cam reported to us by Rodney Charters (Director of Photography (DP) on the FOX TV series 24 – IMDB profile) and it has gotten a lot of attention! This morning, we found out how the helmet cam was really used – to promote the new movie “Terminator Salvation“!
“Shane Hurlbut, ASC designed the helmet mount for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera for 9 “Terminator:Salvation” webisodes that were part of the interactive marketing campaign for the movie. The webisodes were produced by Bandito Brothers, Warner Brothers and Wonderland Sound and Vision. The greatest benefit of the helmet mounted camera design is the small size, lighter lenses and the ability to capture the action in new and unique ways with amazing depth and sharpness.
Shane also used the helmet mount for the Canon 5D Mark II to film a roller coaster ride experience video for the “Terminator:Salvation” ride at 6 Flags Magic Mountain starring Moon Bloodgood and Common. The video was produced by Halcyon, Bandito Brothers and 6 Flags Corporation. It was designed to capture action shots from the first person perspective and create an intimacy to make you feel like you are in the middle of the action. (Editors note: here's the Six Flags page for the ride – watch the video!)
Currently, Shane is filming “I Am That Man” directed by Scotty Waugh and Mike McCoy for Bandito Brothers, Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers. He is using the Canon 5D Mark II camera in combination with traditional film cameras to capture the unique, undercover operations of the Navy Seals.”
Here's an episode from the interactive website resistorbeterminated where the webisodes are posted.
planet5D thanks Shane for helping us understand more about the helmet mount!
UPDATE: 1pm Shane provides this additional tidbit:
“The helmet in the picture is a Tony Lee Carbon Fiber. It is the lightest helmet out there. We are doing upgrades to this technology weekly as we discover things while we are shooting.”