How They Really Used DSLRs and Redrock Rigs on Mad Max: Fury Road

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The great folks at RedrockMicro sent us this article and you'll get a kick out of it I'm sure.

We haven't heard much from them (well, ok, there was this big excitement at NAB about their new follow focus system), but I mean in terms of new rigs and the like.

So now we've finally gotten something new from them… and it turns out that they've been using the gear for a while as what you might think of as a ‘beta' on the film “Mad Max Fury Road.”

Which is pretty cool if you think about it… actually testing and improving the gear in the real world before releasing them to the public. Great idea right?

So they've gone into some great detail in the article and I love this quote:

DSLRs are often dismissed as legitimate filmmaking tools, but in the right circumstances and in the right hands, they can really serve a story at any production level.

It is all about having the knowledge and experience to pick the best tool for the job (and we've been saying that since day one around here). Tho we love DSLRs here at planet5D, they're not the right tool for every job, but they're also the right tool in many situations!

DSLR Insider on Mad Max Fury Road

Via Redrock Micro:

How they really used DSLRs and Redrock Rigs on Mad Max: Fury Road

The Furious (Re)Birth of Mad Max

Fast forward to 2015, as behind the scenes clips and videos started to leak online, we started to get some insights into how DSLRs were incorporated into high end feature film production, including the Redrock gear used to rig them (check out the Fury Rig details at the end of this post).

In context of the movie, the action itself was in many ways the real star of the film, and you might consider the plethora of deadly cars the ‘lead actors’. Shooting this kind of unrelenting action required constant and varied close up action scenes.

DSLRs Deliver the Action, Literally

Looking at the types of shots they needed to achieve, close up and pov action was a big part of the thrill ride. DSLRs are often dismissed as legitimate filmmaking tools, but in the right circumstances and in the right hands, they can really serve a story at any production level. (Other major feature films that have used DSLRs include The Avengers and Iron Man among others)

Mad Max: Fury Road: Full Behind the Scenes Movie Broll – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

Insights on How DSLRs Were Outfitted, Rigged, and (ab)Used

Studying the behind-the-scenes pictures and videos of the DSLR operators, and applying a little production and rigging knowledge, here’s what we can surmise. Keep in mind production started some years ago, approximately 2012, so things have certainly changed since then, and the crew would almost certainly have made different choices if shot today.


1. There were at least four DSLR rigs. Three Canon 5D MKIIs used by the stunt/action team, and a Nikon D800 used by George Miller. While there is some debate (4) as to how the Nikon DSLR was used during production, based on the above still from the bts video it appears Mr. Miller is using it as a director’s viewfinder. You can also see him using the Nikon DSLR with wireless video to an iPad (likely a Teradek Cube ) – probably to give direction to the operator on how he wants that shot framed. Great use of DSLR and wireless iPad video.

Read full article at Redrock Micro blog “DSLR Insider on Mad Max Fury Road”

Redrock Fury Rig

Fury Rig image

Via Redrock Micro:

We geared up the rigs to include the latest and best Redrock offers, including improved baseplate grips and rods. Stripped down and ready to roll right out of the box. Or add what Fury Road production could only dream of: operator-controlled focus with the microRemote Fingerwheel with Rhino Mount.

Now or Never

Like water and fuel, The Fury Rig is available in limited quantities. Whether you’re a fan of Fury Road, or want to recreate George Miller’s hell-on-the-highway action style, the Fury Rig gives you what you want: Distopian desert wasteland optional

Get the Redrock Fury Rig Here.

(cover photo credit: snap from Redrock Micro)

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